The FBI’s annual release of hate crime statistics showed a small decrease in 2018 though the release indicates that reporting isn’t comprehensive. For one thing, participation of local and state agencies isn’t mandatory.
The FBI discourages state-by-state comparisons from these rankings. But: The report indicates that nine agencies in Arkansas reported 14 hate crimes, ranging from assault to theft, in 2018. That was up from eight the year before.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson has favored a hate crime law with harsher penalties for crimes motivated by hate. It’s one of only five states without such a law.
Categories covered by the hate crime reporting or biases based on race, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and disability.