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Measuring Hate Crimes in the U.S.

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This panel will present information on hate crimes from sources across the criminal justice system.

Data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics' (BJS’s) Federal Justice Statistics Program will be used to describe criminal prosecutions over federal hate crimes. Findings from the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Uniform Crime Reporting Hate Crime Statistics Program on hate crime incidents and victims will be discussed. Testing efforts to enhance and refine the NCVS hate crime items will also be presented, including qualitative data collected from an online survey platform on apparent patterns in hate crime in 2020.


  • Grace Kena, Statistician, BJS: Findings from Hate Crime Victimization, 2005-2019
  • Ebo Browne, Statistician, BJS: Findings from Federal Hate Crime Prosecutions, 2005-19
  • Erica Smith, Chief, Law Enforcement Incident Based Statistics: Findings from Hate Crime Recorded by Law Enforcement, 2010-2019
  • Lynn Langton, Ph.D., Senior Research Criminologist, RTI: Using Online Survey Panels and Narrative Descriptions of Hate Crime Incidents to Assess Potential Improvements to NCVS Survey Items

Date Created: December 1, 2021