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Titolo:
A CROSS-BURNING IS NOT JUST AN ARSON - POLICE SOCIAL CONSTRUCTION OF HATE CRIMES IN BALTIMORE COUNTY
Autore:
MARTIN SE;
Indirizzi:
NIAAA,PREVENT RES BRANCH ROCKVILLE MD 20852
Titolo Testata:
Criminology
fascicolo: 3, volume: 33, anno: 1995,
pagine: 303 - 326
SICI:
0011-1384(1995)33:3<303:ACINJA>2.0.ZU;2-V
Fonte:
ISI
Lingua:
ENG
Soggetto:
VIOLENCE;
Tipo documento:
Article
Natura:
Periodico
Settore Disciplinare:
Physical, Chemical & Earth Sciences
Citazioni:
33
Recensione:
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Citazione:
S.E. Martin, "A CROSS-BURNING IS NOT JUST AN ARSON - POLICE SOCIAL CONSTRUCTION OF HATE CRIMES IN BALTIMORE COUNTY", Criminology, 33(3), 1995, pp. 303-326

Abstract

Growing public concern over racial and ethnic conflict and a perceived increase in hate crimes during the 1980s have led to legislation expanding the scope of the law and the severity of punishment for such offenses and to police-initiated efforts to focus attention on hate crimes. Although a number of critiques have examined the legislative approach, little attention has been devoted to the police response. This article examines the rationale for a police initiative in addressing hate crimes; the characteristics of incidents labeled as such in one jurisdiction, Baltimore County, Maryland; and some of the problems in defining, identifying, and verifying bias motivation. Because about 40% ofthe offenses initially considered by the Baltimore County Police Department to be motivated by racial, religious, or ethnic (RRE) prejudicesubsequently are not verified as RRE motivated, a closer examination of all such cases permits insight into the social construction of ''bias motivation'' and related issues raised by a police hate-crime program. These include determining what forms of bias are eligible for special responses; identifying bias motivation; weighing the victim's perception of the event; determining the line between criminal and noncriminal incidents; and adopting consistent standards for verifying ambiguous events.

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