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Report: Federal Hate Crime Charges Extraordinarily Rare

The United States is on pace for twelve convictions on federal hate crime charges during fiscal year 2015, according to a report from the Syracuse University Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse. Since federal hate crime legislation was passed in 2009, the government has achieved just 29 convictions, including eight so far during fiscal year 2015. The most achieved during any year was in 2012, when 10 people were convicted on federal hate crime charges. The report notes that federal prosecutors turn […]

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BJS: Majority of Hate Crimes Are Ethnic Bias

There was little change in the total number of hate crimes nationwide between 2004 and 2012, but the amount motivated by ethnic and religious bias drastically increased during that time, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS). About 293,800 nonfatal violent and property hate crime victimizations occurred in the United States in 2012, according to BJS. Up slightly from 2004 when an estimated 281,700 occurred. In 2004, about 22 percent of hate crimes were attributed to ethnicity bias; in […]