A crime that involves the use of force or threat of force may become a civil rights violation if the perpetrator acted from an improper motivation. Hate crimes are violent actions intended to hurt and intimidate someone because of their race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, or disability. Usually someone who is convicted of a hate crime faces a steeper penalty than someone who performed the same actions without discriminatory animosity. Below you will find information on hate crimes and prosecution of civil rights violations, the history of these crimes, and links to resources from the federal government.
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