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Bias and Hate Crimes Information

In Pennsylvania, a hate crime is defined as a criminal act motivated by ill will or hatred toward a victim's race, color, religion, or national origin.

  • Hate crimes are termed "ethnic intimidation" in Pennsylvania, and the offense is set forth in the crimes code, Title 18, Section 2710.
  • When certain criminal offenses are committed with the motive of hate, the crime of ethnic intimidation can also be charged.
  • Generally, the types of offenses to which ethnic intimidation can be added are called "underlying offenses." Underlying offenses involve danger or harm to you and/or your property.
  • The Pennsylvania State Police and local police departments charge and investigate criminal offenses that involve ethnic intimidation.
  • Learn about hate crimes on a federal level at the FBI website.

CRT:  Know the Facts 

Just what is critical race theory anyway?

Critical race theory is an academic concept that is more than 40 years old. The core idea is that race is a social construct, and that racism is not merely the product of individual bias or prejudice, but also something embedded in legal systems and policies. Read More

Dispelling the Myths about Critical Race Theory  CRT Infographic Dispel the Myths.pdf


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