|December 31, 2012
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi today released the 2011 Hate Crimes in Florida Report, which includes detailed information on the types of hate crimes being committed throughout the state. During the 2011 calendar year, 139 hate crimes were reported by 58 of the 407 local law enforcement agencies that provide data to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement through the Uniform Crime Reporting information system.
During 2011, the alleged motivating factors behind the reported hate crimes were as follows:
- Race represented 43.2 percent;
- Religion represented 20.9 percent;
- Sexual orientation represented 20.1 percent;
- Ethnicity/national origin represented 15.1 percent; and
- Mental disability represented 0.7 percent.
The Attorney General’s Office of Civil Rights, which publishes the report, conducts hate crimes training for law enforcement and participates in community outreach programs that help the public recognize hate crimes, understand how the law protects victims of hate crimes, and understand how such crimes affect Florida’s communities.
A copy of the 2011 Florida Hate Crimes report can be accessed by clicking here.