Attorney General Merrick Garland Launches DOJ Review of Hate Crimes, Instances of Bias

Headline Roundup March 30th, 2021

On Tuesday, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced that the Justice Department (DOJ) will conduct a monthlong internal review to determine how the agency can improve the tracking and prosecutions of hate crimes and bias incidents. In the memorandum to his staff, Garland said hate crimes have a “toxic effect” on society, and referenced a "recent rise in hate crime and hate incidents, particularly the disturbing trend in reports of violence against members of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community," though he did not reference the recent Atlanta shootings, in which six Asian Americans were killed. The DOJ's 30-day internal review will evaluate the government's capacity to track and identify hate incidents, evaluate the use of civil enforcement authority to respond to incidents of bias, and evaluate whether additional money is needed to support law enforcement's response. The effort will be led by Acting Deputy Attorney General John Carlin until the Senate confirms a permanent Deputy Attorney General. The announcement marks Garland's first executive memorandum to staff since he took office.

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Attorney General Merrick Garland Launches DOJ Review of Hate Crimes, Instances of Bias

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Attorney General Merrick Garland on Tuesday announced that the Justice Department will conduct a 30-day internal review to determine how the agency can bolster the tracking and prosecutions of hate crimes and bias incidents motivated around race, gender and other factors.

In his first executive memo to staff since taking office, Garland said hate crimes have a “toxic effect” on society and emphasized that reports of rising discrimination and violence aimed at Asian Americans during the coronavirus pandemic required “renewed energy and emphasis” from the federal law enforcement agency.

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Attorney General Merrick Garland announced Tuesday that he is initiating a 30-day review of how the Justice Department can combat hate crime.

In a memo to DOJ employees obtained by Fox News, Garland cited the department’s history as well as current trends in criminal activity to illustrate why he believes such a move is necessary. "Established during Reconstruction, in the aftermath of the Civil War, the Department’s first mission was to secure the civil rights promised by the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments," Garland said, pointing to the early days...

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Citing an "urgent" need to reset hate crime enforcement strategy, Attorney General Merrick Garland launched a 30-day review Tuesday to assess the government's tracking capabilities and prosecution of hate offenses that are surging across the country.

"The recent rise in hate crime and hate incidents, particularly the disturbing trend in reports of violence against members of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community since the start of the pandemic, requires renewed energy...," Garland said in a memo to all Justice Department staffers.

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