Georgia recently passed a new Hate Crimes Bill. The new legislation imposes additional sentencing on a criminal defendant who commits a crime of hate based upon race, sex, sexual orientation, color, religion, national origin, physical or mental disability. Georgia had passed a hate crime bill back in 2004 that was stuck down as Unconstitutional for being too broad and vague.
The New Hate Crimes Bill increases the punishment for those convicted under the Statute. A criminal defendant convicted under the new law would face an additional six-to-twelve months in prison and a fine up to $5,000 for a variety of misdemeanor offenses. For a felony offense prison sentences are increased to at least two-years in jail.