Hate Crimes Hit 20-Year Low

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida's 148 hate crimes in 2009 are a record low since the state began tracking them two decades ago in

An annual report Friday by the attorney general's office says last year's figure is 114 below the 262 annual average.

Data submitted by law enforcement agencies across the state shows 54 percent of all reported hate crimes were motivated by race, 22 percent by sexual orientation, 14 percent by religion and 9.5 percent by ethnicity or national origin.

No hate crimes were reported due to mental or physical disability or advanced age.

A new law that went into effect Oct. 1 adds homeless people to the list of potential hate crime victims, but those statistics won't begin showing up until next year's report.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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