Frightening Wave Of Hate Crimes In CT, U.S.

March 22, 2017

Democrats in the state legislature are urging passage of legislation that toughens laws for hate crimes. When someone becomes the target of a hate crime because of race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or disability, the very fabric of our democracy is torn, Rep. William Tong says. In an appearance on the WNPR radio show Where We Live, Representative Tong and others discuss hate crimes.

The proposed legislation would make the commission of a hate crime a felony and increase potential penalties upon a conviction, the Meriden Record-Journal reports in this article. Currently, hate crimes are classified as a misdemeanor by the state.

The bill would also make violence and threats based on gender prosecutable as a hate crime and make threats against houses of worship or other religious facilities a more serious felony charge.