AG press release: The Attorney General of Hawaii joins a non-partisan coalition of 35 attorneys general and calls on Congress to pass the Jabara-Heyer No Hate Act
Posted on Apr 13, 2021 in Latest News, Newsroom, Press Releases
HONOLULU – Hawaii Attorney General Clare E. Connors today joined a non-partisan coalition of 35 attorney general led by Attorney General Karl A. Racine (D-DC) and Derek Schmidt (R-KS) law that affects state and local governments and law enforcement agencies provides the tools and resources to understand, identify, report and, as a result, prevent hate crimes.
The legislation specifically aims to correct inaccurate and incomplete data by providing federal grants to improve reporting on hate crimes. The grants would be used to train staff to identify, classify and report hate crimes in the FBI’s national database. Assisting states in developing hate crime prevention programs; Improving community education about hate crimes; and set up government hotlines for hate crimes.
“The rise in hatred and extremist crime requires a response at all levels of government.” said Attorney General Connors. “State and local law enforcement agencies need the appropriate tools and data to combat these crimes. That is why I support the passage of the NO HATE Act.”
The letter states that for more than two decades, thousands of law enforcement agencies in cities, counties, colleges and universities, states, tribes and states have voluntarily submitted hate crime data to the FBI. However, based on the FBI’s 2019 report, most law enforcement agencies did not attend or report any incidents. To exacerbate this loophole, less than 25% of law enforcement agencies use the FBI’s current reporting system, which went into effect this year. This lack of data creates critical loopholes that hinder our understanding of the hate problem. As the ultimate legal advisor to our respective jurisdictions and states, improving hate crime reporting is a priority. Without reliable statistics, the government cannot properly understand, investigate and prosecute hate crimes or provide survivors with the necessary resources.
Attorney General Racine co-directed this letter with Attorney General Schmidt, and they were joined by the Attorneys General of Alaska, American Samoa, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Guam, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, N. Mariana Islands, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, Virgin Islands, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.
You can find a copy of the letter here.
For more information contact:
Gary H. Yamashiroya
Special Assistant to the Attorney General
E-mail: [email protected]