"The FBI, in a report released Monday, said law enforcement agencies nationally reported a five-year high in hate crimes, with 6,121 in 2016. That’s up over 2015, which saw 5,818 such crimes reported, a near 5% increase.
However, 88% of participating law enforcement agencies reported no hate crimes in their jurisdictions, an ongoing challenge for data collection efforts. In comparison, the Bureau of Justice Statistics estimates that an annual average of 250,000 incidents of hate crime victimizations, about 40 times the number reported by the FBI."
"After 300 rejection letters from local newspapers around the country, Warren Leight decided it was time to ditch his journalistic pursuits, and we’re lucky he did. Warren has always had his thumb on America’s political pulse merging the most topical issues into his work. While he never found an audience for his feel good hostage musical comedy, he found critical acclaim writing/producing Law & Order SVU. His new “ripped from the headlines” show Law & Order: Hate Crimes is poised to take deeper look into the issue. And most importantly we talked about Ice-T, Emily’s rap name, twitter trolls and why people need to stop blaming him for Chris Meloni leaving SVU.":
"NBC has ordered 13 episodes straight to series about the new series inspired by the actual New York City task force. Law & Order: Hate Crimes is based the real Hate Crimes Task Force, the second oldest bias-based task force in the United States. According to NBC, the unit, "which pledges to uphold a zero tolerance policy against discrimination of any kind, works under the NYPD's real Special Victims Unit and often borrows SVU's detectives to assist in their investigations." The new squad will be introduced during season 20 of SVU.":