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Hate crimes are on the rise on America's college campuses

A report released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) late last week captured how hate crimes are increasing on college campus across the United States. Just last year,15 people were killed after getting caught up in hate-motivated incidents. The killing of an African-American student at Bowie State University in May of 2017 marked the first hate-fueled death to occur on a college campus since 2006.

The uptick in hate crimes on college campuses was first acknowledged by the FBI in 2016. That year, police announced a 25 percent increase in the number of these types of incidents over the previous year. In 2015, 194 of these types of crimes were reported. That number climbed to 257 in 2016 and 280 last year.

Even off campus, the rates of hate crimes have increased. In 2017 alone, they went up at least 17 percent more of them than during the previous year. Most of the victims of these types of these crimes are Jewish, multiracial and African-American victims.

At least 60 percent of those incidents reported in 2017 involved an individual's property either being vandalized or destroyed. Just shy of 28 percent of the victims reported feeling intimidated by what occurred. There were at least 31 hate-motivated assaults that were reported to institutions' campus police departments that same year.

One other alarming statistic that stands out among this recently published data is an Anti-Defamation League's Center on Extremism one. Their research shows that the use of white-supremacist propaganda is increasing on college campuses. They contend that to use of this rhetoric increased by as much as 77 percent during the 2017-18 academic year over the previous one.

Judges who issue sentences in hate crime cases are likely to throw the book at a defendant in hopes that it will send a message to others that there are steep penalties associated with committing a similar offense. A Binghamton college crimes attorney may advise you how a conviction on your record can make it difficult for you to continue receiving financial aid, land a job and qualify for professional licenses in the future.

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