Number of Reported Hate Crimes Surges in New Hampshire

Number of Reported Hate Crimes Surges in New Hampshire

Number of Reported Hate Crimes Surges in New Hampshire

There were more than 6,100 hate crimes last year, up about 5 percent over the previous year. In those findings, the organization determined more LGBTI people have died in hate-related homicides in 2017 so far than all of 2016.

While the data provides a way to compare annual hate crime statistics, the number of actual hate crime incidents is believed to drastically under reported, according to advocacy groups.

About half the 1,273 incidents involving religion were against Jews while Muslims were targeted in 307 religion-based crimes.

Meanwhile, 21% of crimes were motivated by religion and almost 18% by a victim's sexual orientation. Crimes were also committed against victims due to their religion or sexual orientation.

Although the Department of Justice estimates that 250,000 hate crimes are committed per year, the majority of those crimes go unreported.

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The number of hate crimes reported to US law enforcement in 2016 rose by 4.6 percent over the prior year, driven in part by upticks race-motivated incidents against whites and Hispanics, and religion-motivated incidents targeting Muslims and Jews, according to Federal Bureau of Investigation data released Monday.

Anti-black bias accounted for the largest number of crimes motivated by a single bias, with 1,739 incidents reported. There were 307 crimes against Muslims in 2016, up from 257 in 2015, which at the time was the highest number since the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Hate incidents increased from 203 in 2015 to 285 in 2016.

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An unrelated report released in February found the number of hate groups in the U.S.

On Monday, Sessions said the Justice Department is awaiting a full report from a task force on steps it can take to improve training for prosecutors and investigators, boost data collection on hate crimes and partner with local officials and communities. But incidents motivated by anti-Muslim bias saw the greatest increase out of religion-motivated crimes. No reported crimes were motivated by a disability, gender or gender identity.

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