Graduation Year


Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Politics and International Relations

Second Department

Legal Studies

Reader 1

Mark Golub

Reader 2

David Andrews

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Hate crimes are some of the most vicious and fear-inducing offenses committed in the United States today. The loose definition of the term “hate crime” is a violent or menacing act committed against someone because of their association with protected characteristics such as race, religion, ethnicity, and sexual orientation. Hate crimes are prosecuted at both the state and federal level. State prosecutors handle the majority of hate crime cases and interact with hate crime laws the most. If an individual is convicted of a hate crime, they are subject to harsher sentencing in the form of penalty enhancements. This paper will attempt to analyze the effectiveness of state hate crime legislation on preventing and deterring hate crimes

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.