California Assembly Bill 312. Civil Rights for Homeless Persons. AB 312. “Homeless” Individuals who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence I ndividuals who have a primary nighttime residence that is An operated shelter
Civil Rights for Homeless Persons
- US Department of Urban Housing and Development
The New Hate Crime?
What Is A Hate-Crime?
“Bias-motivated violent crime” typically targeting victims on the basis of their membership to a certain social group
Is violence against a homeless
person a hate-crime?
How Many Americans Are Actually At Risk?
Is Violence Against The Homeless Really A Problem in the US?
Hate/Assault Crimes 1999-2010
Is Violence Against The Homeless Really A Problem in the California?
Where Hate/Assault Crimes Occur 1999-2012
This IS A Problem In California
Deaths From Bias-motivated Assaults
Deaths From Assaults Against A Homeless Person
Should an assault against a homeless person for being homeless be classified as a
California Assembly Member
Bonnie Lowenthal Says HELL YES!
So, she wrote AB 312…
Democratic Assembly Member
54th District – Southern California (LA/Long Beach)
Master’s in Community and Clinical Psychology
Bonnie also wrote the similar bill AB 2706 the year before…
Then Governor Schwarzenegger vetoed AB 2706 stating that it is unclear whether or not these people are specifically targeted because they are homeless.
What’s The Bill All About?
Who Supported It?
… and many more
Who Opposed It?
What do you think
was the fate of the bill?
“This bill [would create] new private and administrative enforcement remedies. It is undeniable that homeless people are vulnerable to victimization, but California already has very strong civil and criminal laws that provide sufficient protection.”
Can An Amendment Really Make A Difference?
May 26, 2012 Miami, Florida
Cannibal Attack Against A Homeless Person
Arrested 8x for Assault
Mental Health Issues
Would such legislation have a more significant impact on violent crime against the homeless or administrative costs for law enforcement?