Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Should attacks on the homeless
be added to hate-crime laws?

There's momentum building around the country to include people who are homeless in state and federal hate-crime law.

Maryland, Maine and Washington, D.C., have added attacks against homeless people to their hate-crime laws. Florida is considering harsher penalties for attacking homeless people.

But is being homeless a fixed part of a person's identity? Or do moves like this dilute the strength of hate-crimes legislation?

These questions were debated* recently on NPR's All Things Considered. Listen here.
* The speakers include our friend and colleague Michael Stoops of the National Coalition for the Homeless.


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