'Law & Order' creating spinoff about hate crimes
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NBC announced Tuesday that it will be making a "Law & Order" spinoff focusing on hate crimes.

The series, called "Law & Order: Hate Crimes" has a 13-episode commitment and will be set in New York, according to Variety

"As with all of my crime shows, I want to depict what’s really going on in our cities and shine a light on the wide-ranging victims and show that justice can prevail," said the show's producer, Dick Wolf. 


Wolf added that he hopes the show will initiate a national dialogue about hate crimes, in the same way he believes "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" normalized conversations about sexual assault.

"Twenty years ago when ‘SVU’ [Special Victims Unit] began, very few people felt comfortable coming forward and reporting these crimes, but when you bring the stories into people’s living rooms — with characters as empathetic as Olivia Benson — a real dialogue can begin," Wolf said.

"That’s what I hope we can do with this new show in a world where hate crimes have reached an egregious level," he concluded. 

It is unclear whether or not hate crimes are consistently rising, particularly in New York City, the show's setting.

Hate crimes remained about flat in 2017 in New York City, HuffPost reports, as other crime continued to fall.

However, hate crimes rose in 2016, according to the news outlet.