Uncovering Hate Crimes in America

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Jurisdiction

According to the FBI, a hate crime is not a distinct federal offense. "However, the federal government can and does investigate and prosecute crimes of bias as civil rights violations, which do fall under its jurisdiction. These efforts serve as a backstop for state and local authorities, which handle the vast majority of hate crime cases," the agency writes on its website. (Photo:  Express Newspapers/Getty Images)

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