It’s the Law: Georgia Hate Crimes Law

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MACON, Georgia (WMGT/41NBC) – Attorney J Davis from James W. Davis and Associates joins 41NBC’s Shelby Coates for our weekly segment “It’s the Law.”

Georgia now has a hate crimes law after years of being one of the few states without one. In case you missed it, Governor Brian Kemp signed the legislation Friday.

The law increases prison time for criminals who target victims based on protected classes like race, sex or religion.

J Davis explains how the new law works and if it is important for a state to have one.

He also explains how this new law is different from Georgia’s first hate crimes law that was overturned for being too vague.

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Shelby Coates anchors 41NBC News at 5, 5:30, 6 and 11. She returns to 41NBC after working in Evansville, Indiana as the Morning/Noon Anchor and Executive Producer for WEVV. Shelby also spent time in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where she spent three years anchoring and producing the weekend morning newscasts at WSPA-TV. She also worked as a general assignment reporter, receiving several honors for her investigative and consumer reporting. Shelby has spent time working as a news anchor/reporter in Chattanooga, Tennessee; Macon, Georgia; and Abilene, Texas. Shelby is a native of Clarksville, Tennessee. She graduated from Abilene Christian University in Texas with a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism and Mass Communication and a minor in sociology. Shelby has a passion for empowering local communities, church ministry, public speaking, strengthening women and mentoring young people.