Pennsylvania to extend security grants to fight hate crimes

Pennsylvania will provide millions of dollars in grants to protect houses of worship and other potentially targeted community organizations from hate crimes, a program inspired by the deadly mass shooting at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue a year ago. Gov. Tom Wolf’s office said earlier today that he will sign the bill, now that it’s passed the Legislature. The bill creates a five-year, $5 million grant program to be administered by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. The money can be used for anything that enhances an organization’s safety. Mass shootings are spurring similar grant programs in a number of states.