Senate Hearing Examines Hate Crimes Against People Experiencing Homelessness – Has the the legislation passed?

29 Sep

Senate Hearing Examines Hate Crimes Against People Experiencing Homelessness

On September 29, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s Sub-Committee on Crime and Drugs held a hearing entitled “Crimes Against America’s Homeless: Is the Violence Growing?”  Panelists included legislators, law enforcement officers, academics, researchers, and family members of people victimized while experiencing homelessness. The hearing contributed to ongoing deliberations in both the Senate and the House of Representatives on the Hate Crimes Against the Homeless Statistics Act of 2009, which proposed amending the Hate Crimes Statistics Act to include crimes against people experiencing homelessness.  If passed, the legislation will require the Attorney General to collect data on hate crimes against this population.

Our Congresswoman, Ileana Ros-Lethinen, co-sponsored the House version of the bill at our request.

Watch the hearing

via FKOC Current News.

 

New law, task force aim to protect homeless

Friday, October 1, 2010

BY ADAM LINHARDT Citizen Staff

Protections for the homeless are better today than yesterday.

A new law went into effect today that includes the homeless under the state’s existing hate crimes act , and protecting the homeless will be part of the mission of the new Anti-Hate Crimes Task Force in Key West .

The state hate crimes act will increase criminal penalties for those who victimize people because they are homeless. For example, a second-degree felony could get bumped to a first-degree felony — which could mean the difference between 15 and 30 years in prison. The law already protected people based on age, race, ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation.

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