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Hate crimes reduced in nation, Wisconsin

Federal hate crime statistics released this week show a drop in bias motivated crime. That trend held true in Wisconsin as well. Nationally there were about 1,000 fewer hate crimes reported in 2009 than there were in 2008. The total dropped from ...

Federal hate crime statistics released this week show a drop in bias motivated crime. That trend held true in Wisconsin as well.

Nationally there were about 1,000 fewer hate crimes reported in 2009 than there were in 2008. The total dropped from about 7,800 to 6,600. In Wisconsin, the total dropped by 30 from 99 to 63. But there's been no change in the primary motivation for the crimes.

In both Wisconsin and nationally, race remains the primary motivation and African-Americans the primary victims. Nationally, 70-percent of the crimes were committed against blacks. In Wisconsin 33 of the 63 crimes were motivated by an anti black bias. Tammy Jackson of the Wisconsin Office of Justice Assistance which compiles state hate crime data says the numbers speak for themselves. She says her agency is not charged with explaining what they mean.

In Wisconsin, over the past five years, race has been the primary hate crime motivation. The next largest categories is crimes against gays or lesbians, last year, those accounted for 18-percent. Another 9-percent of the crimes were motivated by religious prejudice. Almost half the hate crimes in the state are assault on people. 51-percent are crimes against property like vandalism or robbery or theft.

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