IU study questions effectiveness of hate crimes legislation

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Despite the controversial hate crimes legislation taking center stage in the Indiana statehouse — a new study from Indiana University questions how effective any potential law would be.

According to the study, charges weren’t even filed in 70% of the potential hate crime cases researchers reviewed.

The Center for Research on Inclusion and Social Policy at the IU Public Policy Institute says even in states with bias crimes laws – bias homicides weren’t prosecuted equally.

Their research shows sexual orientation and gender identity homicides were less likely to be prosecuted as bias crimes than race or religion, for example.

“What we want to see is kind of equal representation right. If we know that 30% of the crimes are associated with race, we want to see at least 30% associated that are actually charged and prosecuted.”

The research also states there needs to be more done to support hate crime victims.

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(This story was originally published on March 11, 2019)

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