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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1, 2000 202/307-0703


WASHINGTON, DC - The Department of Justice announced today the release of Addressing Hate Crimes; Six Initiatives That Are Enhancing the Efforts of Criminal Justice, a report on innovative efforts by national, state, and local law enforcement agencies to prevent and respond more effectively to hate crimes. The bulletin, researched and written by Stephen Wessler, Director of the Center for the Study and Prevention of Hate Violence at the University of Southern Maine, was published by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) within the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) of the Department of Justice (DOJ). It is the first in BJA's Hate Crimes Series.

"DOJ has made it a priority to support police and prosecutorial agencies in responding to hate crimes," said BJA Director Nancy Gist. "The cumulative impact is the training of thousands of officers who are now prepared to respond to and investigate potential hate crimes with speed, knowledge, and skill."

The bulletin discusses six efforts by police and prosecutors to improve systems for responding to hate crimes. They are:

Copies of Addressing Hate Crimes: Six Initiatives That Are Enhancing the Efforts of Criminal Justice, as well as information about other BJA publications and programs are available through the BJA Website at and from the BJA Clearing house at 1-800/688-4252. Media should contact Sheila Jerusalem at OJP's Office of Congressional and Public Affairs at 202/307-0703.

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