Hate crimes

Hate crimes are any felony or violent crime based on prejudice against a particular group. They are prejudice’s most extreme expression. Compared to other crimes, hate crimes have a broader impact on victims and communities because they target core aspects of identity.

Adapted from “Hate crimes: psychological research on the origins of bias-motivated crimes” APA Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues Policy Report Brief 2007

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