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FBI Hate Crime Reports

Newly released FBI crime statistics reveal there were 18 percent fewer hate crimes in 2009 than the year before.

There were 6,604 hate-crime incidents reported last year, down from 7,783 in 2008. There were 8,336 reported victims, down from 9,691 in 2008. The victim totals include not only individuals but also businesses, religious buildings and other institutions.

The FBI reported that out of some 4,000 victims of racial bias, seven in 10 were victims of prejudice against blacks. Out of nearly 1,600 victims of anti-religious bias, about seven of 10 stemmed from anti-Jewish bias.

The following database is a compilation of the latest figures on bias-motivated crimes in the FBI's 2009 Hate Crime Statistics report. Throughout Virginia, there were 150 hate crimes reported in 2009. Of eight state universities, 15 hate crimes were reported.

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The FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program's Hate Crime Statistics Program collects data regarding criminal offenses that are motivated, in whole or in part, by the offender's bias against a race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity/national origin, or disability and are committed against persons, property, or society. Because motivation is subjective, it is sometimes difficult to know with certainty whether a crime resulted from the offender's bias. Moreover, the presence of bias alone does not necessarily mean that a crime can be considered a hate crime. Only when law enforcement investigation reveals sufficient evidence to lead a reasonable and prudent person to conclude that the offender's actions were motivated, in whole or in part, by his or her bias, should an incident be reported as a hate crime, according to the FBI.



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