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NCJ Number: 148869 Find in a Library
Title: Hate Crimes in Florida 1992
Corporate Author: Florida Office of the Attorney General
United States of America
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 36
Sponsoring Agency: Florida Office of the Attorney General
Tallahassee, FL 32399
Sale Source: Florida Office of the Attorney General
The Capitol
Tallahassee, FL 32399
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Florida recorded a 25-percent increase in the incidence of reported hate crimes in 1992, although the number of organized groups responsible for hate crimes declined significantly.
Abstract: Florida legislation recognizes the seriousness of hate crimes. The Hate Crimes Reporting Act contains provisions on the collection and dissemination of data for prejudice- motivated criminal acts and on increased penalties for hate crimes. To survey the incidence of hate crimes in 1992, data were obtained by the Florida Attorney General's Office on hate crime offense totals by motivation type, offense totals by county/agency, and offense totals by agency and motivation type. Of the 395 hate crimes reported in 1992, 62 percent were racially motivated, 12.2 percent were religiously motivated, 11.1 percent were ethnically motivated, and 14.7 percent were motivated by sexual orientation. Of the 395 hate crimes, 34.7 percent were aggravated assaults and 71 percent were crimes against persons. Violent crimes (murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault) represented 39.5 percent of all reported offenses. The most serious offense reported was robbery, the dollar amount stolen or damaged due to hate crimes totaled $134,329, and 108 arrests were made. Organized groups were responsible for only 15 percent of the reported hate crimes. Excerpts from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Hate Crime Report Manual, the hate crime statistical report form, and hate crime statutes are appended. Tables and figures
Main Term(s): Victims of Crime
Index Term(s): Crimes against persons; Discrimination; Florida; Hate Crimes; Offense statistics; Property crime statistics; Racially motivated violence; Religiously motivated violence; State crime statistics; State laws; Violent crime statistics
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