Biased Crime Bill Helping Police and Prosecutors

On July 1st Indiana's Biased Crime Bill took effect. Before the Biased crime bill was passed earlier this year, the state of Indiana didn't have a law in place holding people accountable for hate crimes.

Posted: Aug 13, 2019 6:46 PM
Updated: Aug 13, 2019 6:46 PM

Speech to Text for Biased Crime Bill Helping Police and Prosecutors

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3 good evening, i'm jeff smith. and i'm meredith hackler. thanks for joining us. 3 a recent study by california state of san bernardino found hate crimes in the largest u.s. cities rose by 9% that is the highest level in over a decade.on july 1st indiana's biased crime bill took effect. i spoke with police and the tippecanoe county prosecutor about how this will help them properly sentence those who have committed crimes of hate. 3< before the biased crime bill was passed earlier this year, the state of indiana didn't have a law in place holding people accountable for hate crimes. "hopefully it will give victims of these crimes some sort of feeling or empowerment to report."-john coxthe purdue police department has actually seen a decrease in hate or racially motivated crimes despite a recent study by california state university, in san bernardino which determined hate crimes have risen 9 percent in 21 of 30 major american cities."hoosiers are a friendly state, a compassionate state that says if you intentionally go out and commit a physical act against an individual based upon hate you will be prosecuted and give that judge the ability to enhance you penalty."-sen. ron altingand that's the point of the bill it will require judges to recognize a crime may have been biased in nature, which before judges did not have to take this in to consideration when sentencing an a offender. "it helps anytime the legislatures give prosecutors a law that says the courts shall hear this evidence."-pat harringtonwhile this new law took effect on july 1st pat harrington says he feels judges in tippecanoe county have already been practicing this when sentencing criminals. "they were doing this before and they always said that in their sentencing orders so i think they will continue to use these factors in weighing what the appropriate sentence is."the bill protects a long list of minorities.. however the original author feels it doesn't go far enough."this is 2019 not 1964 equal rights should be for all not for just a handful or selected group."-ron > 3 senator ron alting says he would like to see police officers, veterans and those over a certain age be protected by
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