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Questioning Bias: Validating A Bias Crime Victim Assessment Tool In California And New Jersey, Summary Overview

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July 2018
29 pages
Focusing on New Jersey and California, this study investigated the experiences of bias crime and reasons for under-reporting, developed a bias-crime victimization assessment tool from this evidence, and validated the assessment tool.
This study investigated the experiences of hate incidents, crimes and factors affecting underreporting among youth and adults in LGBT, Hispanic, Black, Muslim communities in New Jersey and Los Angeles. Based on the research findings, the Vera Institute of Justice developed an assessment tool, the Bias Crime Assessment Tool, to improve the identification of hate crime victimization, better reflect victims’ experiences, increase confidence in the reporting process, and help to record more accurate data.

Date Published: July 1, 2018