Office of Justice Programs

12/02/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 12/02/2021 15:26

National Institute of Justice Study Advances Understanding of Hate Crime Perpetrators

National Institute of Justice Study Advances Understanding of Hate Crime Perpetrators

WASHINGTON - The Office of Justice Programs' National Institute of Justice today published an article discussing an NIJ-supported study on the characteristics and traits of those who perpetrate hate crimes. Individuals who commit hate crimes do so out of a variety of motivations, and the demographic and other characteristics of those individuals can vary widely depending on the type of hate crime committed. Accordingly, the tools needed to monitor and rehabilitate those individuals must be flexible and capable of addressing risks in heterogeneous populations.

The study advances research on hate crime by equipping researchers, practitioners and policymakers with the first-ever dataset of a national sample of hate crime perpetrators, assembling data from the period 1990 to 2018.

The research described in this article was funded by NIJ and awarded to the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism. This article is based on the grantee report "A Pathway Approach to the Study of Bias Crime Offenders," (2021), M. Jenkins, Principal Investigator, E. Yates, and S. Kane.

TITLE:Hate Crimes: National Database Identifies Traits and Motivations Marking Distinct Pathways of People Who Commit Bias-Based Offenses

AUTHOR: National Institute of Justice


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