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Homeless hate crime passed in Florida

 
November 2nd 2010
 


Back in June, we reported that local governments in Florida and California were introducing laws to bring crimes against homeless people under the banner of hate crime.

On 1 October this year, the law officially passed in the state of Florida in the USA.

"It is already against Florida law to attack someone because of their race or religion. Now, you can add being homeless to the list of criteria for hate crimes," reports baynews9.com.

"The new law, which takes effect from October 1st, will lead to steeper penalties for those convicted of hurting people because they are homeless. It was prompted by a rash of vicious attacks on the homeless across the state."

According to the Huffington Post, the new law will see maximum penalties go up one degree from what had been. To put this into context, the Miami Herald reports that " a felony of the first degree is now reclassified to a life felony."

Florida is the third state to pass the law, says the Huffington Post: "Maryland last year was the first to label such attacks as hate crimes and was followed this year by Rhode Island and then Florida."

 
 
 

November 2010

 

Contents

London's hub

Why Rochester Row?

Over 1,800 convicted under Vagrancy Act

Estimates of ex-service homelessness exaggerated, claims charity

Gone, but not forgotten

A thousand cuts

Boris slammed by homelessness charity

Big Society event

Sleep outs spark debate

Homeless charities gear up for cuts

Children held for fire attack on homeless man in Jamaica

Housing associations treble surpluses

Homeless hate crime passed in Florida

Homeless tours of London

Punks party for the homeless

In from the cold

Ex-homeless Mr England

Housing benefit help

Council strategy restricts emergency beds

First new council homes in a generation

Evictions fall by a third

New changes to housing law

Churches charity urges government to meet housing targets

World Aids Day - 1 December

Could cuts see the return of hostels?

Street Shield 18: A mystery to solve

 

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