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Hate Crimes

Penalties & Punishments

The penalties and punishments associated with hate crimes depend on a number of factorssuch as prior convictions, probation or parole status, media attention, and other circumstancesbut may include:

  • Prison sentence

  • Loss of certain rights

  • Heavy fines

  • Mandatory rehabilitation

  • Probation/parole

  • More

Few other crimes arouse as much negative public attention and speculation as hate crimes. Unfortunately for the accused, negative publicity and media hype make it that much more difficult to receive a fair and just trial.

To compound matters, because of their hostile and often violent nature, hate crimes carry severe consequencesincluding loss of employment, imprisonment, and more.

What is a Hate Crime?

A hate crime is different from other types of crime in that it involves the victimization of an individual(s) based on race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or similar group affiliation/status. Hate crimes take many forms but may include physical and/or verbal assault, vandalism, harassment, murder, and more.