TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Elizabeth Todaro on Jun 23, 2017

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has identified at least 120 federal agencies that are not reporting information to the national hate crime database and are withholding a whole range of crime statistics. ProPublica reports that in 2015, the latest year reported, the database tracked more than 5,580 alleged hate crimes, which represented a significant surge from previous years. However, these statistics do not include any offenses handled by federal law enforcement. Most of the information in the database is submitted by state and local police departments, though many local departments also fail to report. The FBI and lawmakers are looking at ways to improve the reporting and tracking of hate crimes at the federal, state and local level.