GA Legislators should institute a Hate Crime Bill

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Violence in America is on the rise. Every minute a crime motivated by bias is said to occur in the United States. Yet, Georgia is one of only a few states not to have a state Hate Crimes Bill.

A hate crime is distinguished as a traditional offense, suck as murder, arson or vandalism that is motivated by a bias based on race, religion, disability, ethnic origin or sexual orientation. With a state hate crimes law, local law enforcement personnel; police, investigators, first responders, prosecutors, would have the ability and authority to investigate an alleged hate crime.

Georgia communities need to hold our legislators accountable for instituting solutions to the epidemic of hate crimes. Georgia should join the majority of the United States and pass a hate crimes bill that protects the rights of all persons.

The Center for Civil and Human Rights stands for the protection of all persons' rights. We strive for civil and human rights for all. The institution of this legislation will hold perpetrators of crimes that are motivated by hate to a higher penalty. The hope would be that it would be a path to reducing propensity for committing the crimes and protecting the lives and rights of all.



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