Disparities in Reporting on Hate Crimes Across States

2 12 2007

Initial media reports about the deep south states such as Georgia or Mississippi under reporting their number of hate crimes led me to wonder about how other states in the country performed relative to their populations. The figures below strongly suggest that there are real disparities in hate crime reporting in other states outside the South.

*New Jersey’s with its population of 8.7 million people reported 759 hate crime incidents, yet Texas with 23.5 million people only reported 245 incidents.

*Massachusetts has a population of 6.4 million and reported 379 hate crime incidents, yet Illinois with 12.8 million people only had 156 hate crime incidents.

*Connecticut with its population of 3.5 million people reported 131 hate crime incidents, yet Missouri with its population of 5.8 million only reported 78 hate crime incidents.

Of course, it’s possible, though unlikely, that some states are simply much more hate free than others. At any rate, its something to think about.

Find out more about the FBI’s 2006 data on hate crimes statistics by click here.




One response

4 12 2007

the megan williams case was considered a non-hate crime…. thats pretty much all we need to know about states hiding hate crimes.

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