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Should hate crimes be punished more severely than crimes motivated by greed, anger, or...

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telesco79 | Student, College Freshman | (Level 1) Honors

Posted December 20, 2011 at 6:34 AM via web

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Should hate crimes be punished more severely than crimes motivated by greed, anger, or revenge?

Should hate crimes be punished more severely than crimes motivated by greed, anger, or revenge?

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stolperia | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted December 20, 2011 at 6:59 AM (Answer #2)

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This should be moved to the Social Sciences Discussion Forum - you will collect lots of opinions and reactions from the folks there, I'm sure!

My immediate reaction is to think that the type of crime should not be necessarily directly related to the severity of the punishment. I would define painting racist graffiti on someone's property a hate crime. I would not suggest that such an action should go unpunished, but it should not be treated as a more significant crime than, for example, a murder motivated by the greed of those selling drugs.

The motivation behind the crime may or may not play a role in determining the severity of the punishment, but the type of crime and its impact should be evaluated regardless of that motivation.

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 19, 2012 at 12:15 PM (Answer #3)

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Hate crimes are punished more severely than other crimes. It's interesting if you think about it. The legal code, or society, seems to have agreed that crimes motivated by hate are worse than every other kind, because we are not accepting of hate. Not a bad idea.

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