Hate crimes are on the rise in our state and across the nation. Indiana is one of just 5 states without a hate crimes law in place. Hate crimes laws allow judges to enact stricter sentences for criminals that target victims based on characteristics such as race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, and disability.
Indiana’s lack of a hate crimes law sends an unwelcoming message to the people who live here and the businesses and talent who are considering making the Hoosier State their home.
There is momentum at the Statehouse and among Indiana residents to pass the nation’s best and most inclusive hate crimes law. Now is the time to get it done.