"The Ohio Advisory Committee submits this report, Hate Crime in Ohio, as part of its responsibility to advise the Commission of civil rights issues within the State. The Committee is indebted to the Midwestern Regional Office staff in the preparation of this report. Fourteen Committee members voted to approve the report, no members voted against approval, one member was out of the country and did not vote, and one member resigned prior to the vote. The Advisory Committee held two sets of fact-finding meetings with the intent to discern the nature and level of hate crime activity in the State. The first 2-day session was held in Cincinnati on August 12 and 13, 1993. The second 2-day session was held in Cleveland on August 19 and 20, 1993. As part of the fact-finding, the Committee obtained hate crime statistics from the five largest metropolitan cities in the State as well as the specific law enforcement agencies reporting hate crime to the Attorney General. The Committee finds reporting of hate crime by local law enforcement agencies to be minimal, and, further, finds wide discrepancies in the interpretation of the hate crime statute. These two factors combine to give a very murky picture of the amount of hate crime in the State. It is clear to the Committee that hate crimes are a serious problem in Ohio. It is also clear that unless law enforcement agencies throughout the State make a serious effort to recognize and report such incidents, the extent and underlying causes of the problem will never be fully understood."
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