Trajectory of a Hate Crime: Constructing a Social Reality

Ruth-Ellen M. Grimes, California Polytechnic State University
Christopher J. Cameron, California State Polytechnic University
Austin T. Turk, University of California - Riverside

A content analysis, focussing on the Jeffery Owens case, of the local print media coverage (THE PRESS-ENTERPRISE) and wider regional coverage (THE LOS ANGELES TIMES) of hate crimes directed at the gay and lesbian community over the past five years in Riverside County, California.

Particular attention will be given to the specific charges brought by prosecutors as to aggravating factors involving hate motivation and special circumstances involved with gang affiliation.

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Updated 05/20/2006