re: #184 torrentprime
Hate crime legislation sometimes includes that kind of funding, but the crux of hate crime legislation is the enhancement of already existing penal code such that the penalties are increased depending on who the victim is and if it can be proven that the crime occurred because of the class to whom the victim belongs.
That, in a nutshell is the problem and the support for same. The crime already exists and sentencing under existing laws is provided. So are enhanced crimes (aggravating circumstances), which can increase the sentences.
But once you start creating hate crimes for one class of person, you have others quickly hoping to follow suit.