Religion Clause: DOJ Reports On 15 Years Of Hate Crime Prosecutions

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Last month (July 8), the Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics issued a 15-page report titled Federal Hate Crime Prosecutions, 2005–19 (full text). A press release summarizing the report said in part:

U.S. attorneys declined to prosecute 82% of suspects, prosecuted 17% and disposed of 1% for prosecution by U.S. magistrates. Insufficient evidence was the most common reason hate crime matters were declined for prosecution.

Among the 310 defendants adjudicated in U.S. district court for hate crime violations during 2005-19, more than 9 in 10 defendants (284) were convicted. About 85% (240) of those convicted of a hate crime were sentenced to prison, with an average term of over 7.5 years. About 14% (39) were sentenced to probation only, and 1% (4) received a suspended sentence. Forty percent of the convictions for hate crimes during 2005-19 occurred in federal judicial districts in six states: New York (30), California (26), Texas (19), Arkansas (15), Tennessee (13) and Pennsylvania (12).

This week, the Los Angeles Blade reported on the data.

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