As part of the 2016 report, participants in UCR's Hate Crime Statistics Program included 15,254 law enforcement agencies. That's up about 5 percent from the year before. In 2015 and 2016, that number was driven by crimes against people due to their race or ethnicity.
More than half of those against people were assault cases, while almost 45 percent were crimes of intimidation.
Anti-Jewish bias was the motivation cited in a little more than half of the 1,273 religion-related hate crimes.
On Monday, Sessions said the Justice Department is awaiting a full report from a task force on steps it can take to improve training for prosecutors and investigators, boost data collection on hate crimes and partner with local officials and communities. "Police departments that do not report credible data to the Federal Bureau of Investigation risk sending the message that this is not a priority issue for them, which may threaten community trust in their ability and readiness to address hate violence". But the number of anti-black crimes remained about even with the number reported in 2015.
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The Southern Poverty Law Center, a non-profit which tracks hate groups, attributed the bump to the 2016 presidential election, in which Donald Trump assailed Muslims and Hispanics as extremists and illegal immigrants.
"It's deeply disturbing to see hate crimes increase for the second year in a row", Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan A. Greenblatt said in a statement, according to The Washington Post. But incidents motivated by anti-Muslim bias saw the greatest increase out of religion-motivated crimes.
Anti-Catholic crimes also increased by 9 incidents.
Of the 6,121 criminal incidents reported, 6,063 were single-bias incidents (there were also 58 multiple-bias incidents).