Crimes Against America's Homeless: Is the Violence Growing? Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs of the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, Second Session, September 29, 2010   [open pdf - 2KB]

From the opening statement of Benjamin L. Cardin: "When I hear the horrific stories about murders, assaults, and rapes committed against our Nation's homeless, I ask myself: Is this really America? When I hear the story of Norris Gaynor being beaten to death by baseball bats while sleeping on a park bench, I ask myself: Where is all this violence coming from? When I heard about John McGraham being doused with gasoline and set ablaze, I was shocked and horrified that this could happen to a fellow human being and just wondered where we are heading. Now, these are just two examples of a larger problem. Last fall, I introduced the Hate Crimes Against the Homeless Statistics Act with Senator Collins in an effort to get uniform data collection on this type of violence. My bill would only require data collection on bias-motivated crimes against the homeless. What that means is I want the Federal Government to track how many crimes are being committed against the homeless just because they are homeless. […] America's homeless deserve the same respect and dignity that we share sitting here today. I look forward to the testimony of our witnesses as we develop a record in this Committee to take action to protect America's vulnerable." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Benjamin L. Cardin, Eddie Bernice Johnson, Brian H. Levin, Erik Luna, Simone Manning-Moon, David B. Muhlhausen, Richard, Wierzbicki, Susan M. Collins, Rufus Hannah, Al Lamberti, Martin O'Malley, and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.

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S. Hrg. 111-915; Senate Hearing 111-915; Serial No. J-111-112
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