KEY FEATURES • A brief introduction to the U.S. judicial system and to the public policy dimension of judicial decisions provides context for the material. • Criminal and regulatory laws are presented with contrasting views on various contemporary public policy issues, including assault weapons, hate crimes, stand your ground laws, police use of deadly force, and much more. • A question for debate and learning objectives appear at the beginning of each chapter. The debate format features contemporary topical issues that engage students and ask them to consider various points of view. • Brief essays introduce students to each debate and put the issue into context to help students understand how policy issues arise in criminal justice and law. • Summaries of the positions follow the debate sections to ensure students have a clear understanding of the contrasting arguments. • “You Decide” exercises and discussion questions appear at the end of each debate to give students the opportunity to apply what they read to new and novel situations.
Constitutional Restrictions: Hate Crimes
- State the definition of a hate crime.
- Know the various federal hate crime acts.
- Understand how hate crime laws enhance an offender’s punishment.
- Comprehend the reason for hate crime laws.
- Know the arguments for and against hate crime laws.
Oppose Hate Crime Laws
Chief Justice Nathan Heffernan, majority opinion, State v. Mitchell, 485 N.W.2d 807 (WI. 1992)
Support Hate Crime Laws
Justice Shirley Abrahamson, dissenting, State v. Mitchell, 485 N.W.2d 807 (WI. 1992)
Judge William A. Bablitch, dissenting, State v. Mitchell, 485 N.W.2d 807 (WI. 1992)
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) defines hate crimes as “criminal offense[s] against a person or property motivated in whole or in part by an ...