Hate Crime Rates Rise in Indiana and Other States, Study Finds

Written from press release

INDIANAPOLIS June 24, 2024

Indiana has experienced a significant increase in hate crime rates, placing eighth among U.S. states with the largest surges from 2021 to 2022, according to a new study. The research, conducted by Gruber Law Offices, found that reported hate crimes in Indiana rose by 26%, from 133 incidents in 2021 to 167 in 2022.

The study analyzed data from the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) and Summary Reporting System (SRS), both of which include reports voluntarily submitted to the FBI. The findings highlight Illinois as the state with the most substantial increase in hate crimes, with a 125% rise. Illinois reported 319 hate crimes in 2022, up from 142 in 2021. Other states with notable increases include Delaware (78%), Virginia (50%), Maryland (44%), and New Jersey (41%).

At the other end of the spectrum, Alaska saw the most significant decrease in hate crime rates, with a 75% drop from 20 incidents in 2021 to 5 in 2022. North Dakota and Louisiana followed, reporting decreases of 54% and 48%, respectively.

David Gruber, attorney and founder of Gruber Law Offices, emphasized the importance of community vigilance despite the positive trends in some states. “These statistics are a reminder for communities to remain vigilant. Many states unfortunately saw an increase in hate crime, and the figures across the nation remained largely unchanged from 2021 to 2022,” he said.

Gruber highlighted education as a crucial step in combating hate crimes. “Equipping individuals with the understanding of what defines a hate crime and the awareness of how to report one will help ensure that all hate crime is dealt with appropriately,” he added.

The study’s data were derived from reports submitted by law enforcement agencies nationwide. In 2021, 15,131 of 18,921 agencies participated, while in 2022, 14,660 of 18,888 agencies contributed data.

Top States with the Biggest Increase in Hate Crime (2021-2022):

  1. Illinois: 142 to 319 (+125%)
  2. Delaware: 9 to 16 (+78%)
  3. Virginia: 121 to 182 (+50%)
  4. Maryland: 139 to 200 (+44%)
  5. New Jersey: 780 to 1,101 (+41%)
  6. Wyoming: 18 to 23 (+28%)
  7. Mississippi: 22 to 28 (+27%)
  8. Indiana: 133 to 167 (+26%)

Top States with the Biggest Decrease in Hate Crime (2021-2022):

  1. Alaska: 20 to 5 (-75%)
  2. North Dakota: 37 to 17 (-54%)
  3. Louisiana: 124 to 65 (-48%)
  4. New Mexico: 71 to 39 (-45%)
  5. South Carolina: 101 to 60 (-41%)

The FBI defines a hate crime as a committed criminal offense motivated, in whole or in part, by the offender’s biases against race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender, or gender identity.

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