Don't Politicize Criminal Sentencing.

 

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Contact your elected officials and let them know you oppose hate crimes legislation that includes politically motivated lists.  

 

Giving special justice to political activists while ignoring traditional marriage supporters and other innocent Hoosiers who are victims of crime is wrong.

 


Recipients

  • Your Governor
  • Your State Senator or Senators
  • Your State Representative or Representatives

Message

Dear [Decision Maker],

In Indiana, judges already have the discretion to make the punishment fit the crime in crimes motivated by bias. Current law provides equal justice for all citizens.

Giving victims greater justice is a noble goal. However, hate crimes legislation that picks and chooses who gets greater justice and who doesn't based on political priorities isn't just. This undercuts the foundational principle of equal justice under law and politicizes the criminal justice system.

When Hoosiers are the victims of a crime in Indiana they shouldn't get less justice because they don't fit into a particular class based on the whims of special interest groups.



If the Indiana General Assembly is interested in providing greater justice for victims there are ways in which that could be accomplished uniformly, without picking winners and losers and politicizing our criminal justice system.

Hate crimes legislation that include lists do not accomplish that worthy goal. Instead it politicizes the criminal justice system and legislates discrimination where a select few favored groups receive greater protection from crime while other classes of citizens are left on the outside looking in.

Please vote against any changes to SB 12 that would include a list.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]

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