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Excerpt: "A 2009 hate crimes law meant to make federal prosecutions easier has resulted in relatively few convictions nationwide."

A rally for trans rights. (photo: Ted Eytan/Flickr)
A rally for trans rights. (photo: Ted Eytan/Flickr)


Hate Crime Laws Have Resulted in Few Convictions for Anti-Trans Violence

By Associated Press

20 March 17

 

2009 hate crimes law meant to make federal prosecutions easier has resulted in relatively few convictions nationwide. An Associated Press analysis using data gathered by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University show that 47 people nationwide have been prosecuted using the law, with 37 convictions.

Another 300 people were referred for prosecution, but hate crimes charges were never filed. In at least half those cases, there wasn’t enough evidence or prosecutors couldn’t prove intent, a key threshold.

Shown here are the total number of cases that law enforcement agencies presented to federal prosecutors in each state, followed by the number of convictions.

Alabama: 13, 1

Alaska: 1, 0

Arizona: 12, 0

Arkansas: 9, 2

California: 34, 3

Delaware: 1, 0

District of Columbia: 1, 0

Florida: 5, 0

Georgia: 10, 1

Idaho: 14, 0

Illinois: 4, 0

Indiana: 4, 0

Iowa: 5, 1

Kansas: 3, 0

Kentucky: 11, 4

Louisiana: 6, 1

Maine: 3, 0

Massachusetts: 14, 0

Michigan: 23, 1

Minnesota: 2, 1

Mississippi: 20, 4

Missouri: 8, 0

Nebraska: 6, 0

Nevada: 3, 0

New Hampshire: 1, 0

New Jersey: 1, 0

New Mexico: 10, 3

New York: 6, 1

North Carolina: 11, 0

Ohio: 12, 0

Oklahoma: 7, 1

Oregon: 8, 1

Pennsylvania: 7, 0

Rhode Island: 1, 0

South Carolina: 10, 1

South Dakota: 3, 0

Tennessee: 8, 3

Texas: 17, 6

Utah: 9, 0

Virginia: 7, 0

Washington: 7, 2

West Virginia: 9, 0

Wisconsin: 1, 0

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No cases were presented in Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland, Montana, North Dakota, Puerto Rico, Vermont and Wyoming.


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0 # Citizen Mike 2017-03-21 08:20
I am firmly of the opinion that the law ought to forbid and prosecute certain actions but not thoughts or ideas. Creating the precedent of any kind of thought crime opens the door to all kinds of abuses, such as criminalizing other kinds of political ideas. Yes, race, sex and class hatreds are political ideas, and hate-based organizations are political actors. If there is an act of violence, that should be prosecuted as violence, period. What the accused did, not thought.
 
 
0 # lfeuille 2017-03-21 18:11
Hate crime laws do not criminalize thought. The do not apply UNLESS there is an action. Motive has always been considered in determining the sentences. Hate crime law just formalizes the process.
 

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