The Mayor and Tucson City Council last week passed a misdemeanor hate crime/institutional vandalism ordinance, setting specific punishments for people who commit certain offenses that fall under newly-defined categories for hate crimes. The ordinance establishes minimum penalties, including mandatory jail time of at least 10 days for a first offense and a minimum $100 fine. Punishment would increase for future offenses. Health care facilities also were added to the list of places for “institutional vandalism.”
The new ordinance was discussed in depth yesterday on KJZZ, the Phoenix NPR station. The story includes Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild.