Hate Crime Reports Decreasing in California, Attorney General Harris Reports

Nov 27, 2013 4:33 PM

California Attorney General Kamala Harris has released the most recent hate crime data which states the number of reported hate crimes in California decreased by 12.8% in 2012.

“While overall numbers are down this year, any hate crime hurts the people and values of California,” Harris said. “I am confident that California law enforcement will monitor and prosecute these cases to ensure consequence and accountability.”

Since 2003, the total number of hate crime events in California has decreased 37.6%, from 1,491 to 930, according to her report.

The latest report from the Attorney’s General’s Office indicated that hate crimes with a race/ethnicity/national origin bias decreased 10.1% from 2011 to 2012, but still accounted for 56.8% of all hate crime events since 2012. Hate crime events involving a sexual orientation bias decreased 3.7% and crimes involving a religious bias dropped 27.9% in the same year span. The data was submitted by all law enforcement agencies and district attorney offices in the state. Hate crime categories are established by the FBI.

These numbers will appear in the Attorney general’s 2014 Hate Crime Report which will be released in 2015.

The California Attorney General’s Office published its first hate crimes report in 1995. All previous reports can be found at: http://oag.ca.gov/cjsc/pubs

A complete copy of the Hate Crime in California 2012 report is available here: https://oag.ca.gov/sites/all/files/agweb/pdfs/cjsc/publications/hatecrimes/hc12/preface12.pdf


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