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2015 Hate Crime Statistics From FBI

  • Published: 2016-11-29 (Revised/Updated 2017-11-15) : U.S. FBI (fbi.gov).
  • Synopsis: Law enforcement agencies submitted reports involving 5,850 criminal incidents and 6,885 related offenses as being motivated by bias toward race, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, sexual orientation, disability, gender, and gender identity.

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Quote: "Law enforcement agencies specify the number of offenders and, when possible, the race of the offender or offenders as a group."

The FBI has just released Hate Crime Statistics, 2015, the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program's latest compilation about bias-motivated incidents throughout the nation. This year's collection marks the 25th anniversary of the FBI gathering and publishing data about bias-motivated crimes. The first publication in 1990 included limited data from only 11 states. The collection has grown each year into the wide-ranging report presented today.

Submitted by 14,997 law enforcement agencies across the nation, the 2015 data provide information about the offenses, victims, offenders, and locations of hate crimes; however, the UCR Program does not estimate offenses for the jurisdictions of agencies that do not submit reports. Highlights of Hate Crime Statistics, 2015, follow.

Law enforcement agencies submitted incident reports involving 5,850 criminal incidents and 6,885 related offenses as being motivated by bias toward race, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, sexual orientation, disability, gender, and gender identity in 2015.

Victims of Hate Crime Incidents

Offenses by Crime Category

Known Offenders

In the UCR Program, the term known offender does not imply that the suspect's identity is known; rather, the term indicates that some aspect of the suspect was identified, thus distinguishing the suspect from an unknown offender. Law enforcement agencies specify the number of offenders and, when possible, the race of the offender or offenders as a group. Beginning in 2013, law enforcement officers could also report whether suspects were juveniles or adults, as well as the suspect's ethnicity when possible.

Locations of Hate Crimes

Law enforcement agencies may specify the location or an offense within a hate crime incident as one of 46 location designations. In 2015, most hate crime incidents (31.5 percent) occurred in or near residences/homes; 17.4 occurred on highways/roads/alleys/streets/sidewalks; 8.3 percent occurred at schools/colleges; 5.6 percent happened at parking/drop lots/garages; and 4.4 percent took place in churches/synagogues/temples/mosques. The location was reported as other/unknown for 11.0 percent of hate crime incidents. The remaining 21.8 percent of hate crime incidents took place at other or multiple locations.

Full Report: Hate Crime Statistics, 2015

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The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Releases Statement On Hate Crimes in the United States

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, by majority vote, has released a statement expressing deep concern about the rise in reported hate crimes cited in the FBI's November 2016 report, "Hate Crime Statistics, 2015." In addition, the Commission believes that since last month's election, there have also been an alarming number of hate crimes and incidents reported.

Chairman Martin R. Castro stated: "Crimes motivated in whole or in part by animus, bias or hate towards another should not be tolerated in our nation. Hate injures the victim, but it also injures the perpetrator and the community. As such these are not isolated, individual harms, but harms to us all, and we must respond to them with the force of law but also with the strength of community and come together to find solutions to intolerance that are lasting."

The statement can be accessed at: www.usccr.gov/press/2016/PR-12-05-16-hate-crimes.pdf

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