A Longitudinal Analysis of Hate Crimes Recorded by Law Enforcement Agencies in Texas 1994 to 2001

Raymond H.C. Teske, Jr., Sam Houston State University
Junseob Moon, Sam Houston State University

The paper presents a longitudinal analysis of hate crimes reported in Texas from 1994 to 2001, as defined by the Hate Crime Statistics Act. Data for the years 1994 through 2000 have been coded and a descriptive analysis has been conducted. The 2001 data will be available in May of 2002 and should add a new dimension to the data set as it will includes incidents reported after September 11, 2001. The paper is predicated on two principal research questions. First, have there been any noticeable changes in trends regarding hate crimes in Texas from 1994 through 2001? Second, are there significant variations in the characteristics of hate crimes depending, in particular, on the motivation for the hate crime. This includes, among other variables, the type of crime, characteristic of the offender, characteristics of the victim, number of offenders, number of victims, place where committed, and geographical area.

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