Trends and Patterns in Hate Crime


Over the last 15 years, the United States has enjoyed a steady decline in nearly every category of violent crime.

The last few years, however, has seen a rising trend in the incidence of particular types of violent criminal activity. One area has seen a particularly steep increase: Hate crime.

To prepare for this week’s Discussion topic, research and investigate the possible causes for these increases.

The initial Discussion Board posting should meet the following criteria:

  • 1. Identify one or two possible causes, or contributing factors, behind these negative trends in hate crimes.
  • 2. In a couple of short sentences, briefly describe the information you found that supports this claim and where specifically you located the evidence (i.e., the UCR website).
  • 3. Identify which of the crime patterns you learned about in this unit from the UCR, which most accurately fits this trend, and possible cause. Make sure to show the data from the UCR!


Go to the above website for 2011. 

Go to the above site for years 96-2017 (96-2017)

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