Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Another state considers adding
homelessness to hate-crime laws

The homeless and the people who care for them successfully implored lawmakers to add homelessness as a category to Colorado’s hate-crime laws.

“Hunting season for the homeless is a year-round event,” said Vernon Lewis, a 38-year-old man who is homeless.

The bill sponsor, Sen. Lucia Guzman, D-Denver, said Colorado ranks fifth in the nation for the number of crimes against the homeless during
a 10-year period.

After an emotional hearing, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 5-4 in favor of the measure. It now goes to the Senate Finance Committee.

Read the Denver Post report here.


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