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PublicSource | PA's Hate-Crime Law Still Leaves Many Groups Out

(11/24/2013) But because Pennsylvania's hate-crime law excludes those classes, state prosecutors are left without a tool to enhance the sentencing and hold the perpetrator accountable, said Christopher Mallios, a former assistant district attorney in Philadelphia.

Mallios now works with AEquitas, a nonprofit that provides resources to prosecute violence against women.

Lower level offenses, like spray painting someone’s home with an anti-gay slur, probably would not be prosecuted federally, but they can be devastating, he said.

“Without an inclusive state hate-crime statute, you have victims and communities that are left without protections,” he said.

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