Justice for Victims of Lynching Act of 2018
Sens. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., Cory Booker, D-N.J., and Tim Scott, R-S.C., three African-American senators, have introduced a bill to make lynching a federal crime. The bill (S.3178) was introduced on June 28, 2018 and defines the crime as "the willful act of murder by a collection of people assembled with the intention of committing an act of violence upon any person." It also classifies lynching as a hate crime that would warrant enhanced sentences.
Anti-lynching legislation has been introduced to Congress over 200 times since it was first introduced in 1918 as the Dyer Anti-Lynching Bill.
Open the PDF file below or use this link to view the S.3178 - Justice for Victims of Lynching Act of 2018 as introduced to the 115th Congress, 2nd Session, on June 28, 2018.
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