- Associated Press - Friday, June 26, 2015

In a story June 18, The Associated Press reported on the number of law enforcement agencies reporting hate crimes in South Carolina in 2012 and 2013. The story should have made clear that many more agencies filed annual hate crime reports with the FBI but had no such crimes for the year.

An updated version of the story is below.

The number of hate crimes reported to the U.S. Department of Justice has been on the decline in recent years.

Law enforcement agencies across the country reported 5,928 hate crime incidents to the FBI in 2013, the most recent year for which data is available. The crime data collected through the Uniform Crime Reporting program is voluntary, and not all agencies participate.

By comparison, law enforcement agencies reported 7,783 incidents in 2008, the highest number over the past decade. Roughly half the reported incidents each year between 2008 and 2013 involved race while less than a quarter were motivated by religion.

Racially motivated hate crimes have declined steadily, from a high of 4,042 in 2004 to 2,871 in 2013.

FBI figures show the number of hate crimes reported in South Carolina has fluctuated over the past five years. In 2013, 39 South Carolina agencies reported 51 hate crimes, down from the 148 hate crimes reported the previous year by 68 agencies.

The total number of South Carolina law enforcement agencies submitting a year’s worth of data to the FBI was 333 in 2013 and 382 in 2012.

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