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Since it was established in 1930, the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program has been the starting place for law enforcement executives, students of criminal justice, researchers, members of the media, and the public at large seeking information on crime in the Nation. With Congress's passage of the Hate Crime Statistics Act of 1990, mandating the collection of those crimes that law enforcement has determined were motivated by the offenders' bias against a race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or disability, the Program has also become a leading source of information about hate crime.

Published annually since 1992, Hate Crime Statistics is the byproduct of the joint effort between the FBI and the law enforcement agencies that identify and report hate crimes. This partnership and, ultimately, this publication serve as the cornerstone in raising the Nation's awareness about the occurrence of bias-motivated offenses. The publication has also become a statistical tool for those involved in the advocacy or the study of persons persecuted because of their inherent traits, such as the color of their skin, or the personal decisions they make, like what church they attend.

Hate Crime Statistics, 2004, chronicles 7,649 criminal incidents that law enforcement agencies reported and includes information on 9,035 offenses, 9,528 victims, and 7,145 known offenders. Eleven of the 14 tables in this publication present various information about hate crime incidents, the types of offenses committed, and some aspects of the victims and the offenders. The remaining tables contain hate crime data aggregated by state or agency type and show the parameters of participation for law enforcement agencies that contributed data to the program.

The UCR Program continually strives to supply information on crimes motivated by bias so that those interested in their occurrence will have the data they require to better understand the scope of this societal problem. With that knowledge data users can further educate their audiences--whether they are constituents, co-workers, or fellow citizens--of the seriousness of hate crimes and present possible solutions to limit or deter these acts in the future. Therefore, the FBI relies upon law enforcement to continue their participation in identifying bias-motivated crimes. In addition, readers who would like to comment on the usefulness of the information in Hate Crime Statistics or provide suggestions for improving future editions should complete the evaluation form at the back of this publication and send it by mail or facsimile to the FBI at the address or facsimile number provided.
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Title Annotation:FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting program
Publication:Uniform Crime Reports: Hate Crime Statistics
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jan 1, 2004
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