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Intelligence Report
1998
Winter Issue
March 15, 1998

The count of active hate groups in the U.S. hits 474 in 1997, a 20% increase over the previous year.

Intelligence Report
1998
Winter Issue
March 15, 1998

The increasing extreme racism and antigovernment posturing of the Christian Identity faith accompanies a rise in Identity believers.

Intelligence Report
1998
Winter Issue
March 15, 1998

Hate sites increase online, now numbering 163 in the 34 months since the first hate site went live.

Criminal Justice Reform

Date Filed

May 27, 1997

Inside Chess, Harper's, Astronomy, Writer's Digest — only a few of the hundreds of publications effectively banned in 1997 under an arbitrary policy implemented by the Alabama prison's warden. The Center sued, securing an agreement protecting inmates' rights to mailed reading materials.

Immigrant Justice
Landmark Case

Date Filed

December 31, 1996

Prior to a Center suit, Alabama immigrants seeking to obtain their state driver's license were turned away or asked to complete the English-only tests. Although the case was ultimately lost on appeal, due to the Center's lawsuit Alabama now offers the driver's license test in eight foreign languages.

Immigrant Justice

Date Filed

December 31, 1996

An Alabama tax assessor who used racial slurs denied tax exemptions to non-English speaking immigrant homeowners, and forced them to pay double the normal taxes. The Center filed suit, ending this discriminatory policy and securing reimbursements.

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