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Please click the image/link below to download a fact sheet with detailed graphics and information on hate crimes reported to the FBI for Kentucky in 2022.

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Fast Facts on Kentucky Hate Crime Incidents*

Bias Motivation Categories by Year

Bias Motivation Category 2020 2021 2022
Race/Ethnicity/Ancestry 134 91 91
Religion 18 6 15
Sexual Orientation 18 40 33
Disability 1 4 2
Gender 2 0 1
Gender Identity 3 13 7
Total: 176 154 149

Types of Crime

Crimes Against Persons 140 77.3%
Crimes Against Property 39 21.5%
Crimes Against Society 2 1.2%

Bias Motivation Categories

Race/Ethnicity/Ancestry 91 61.1%
Religion 15 10.1%
Sexual Orientation 33 22.1%
Disability 2 1.3%
Gender 1 0.7%
Gender Identity 7 4.7%


*2021 was the first year that the annual hate crimes statistics were reported entirely through the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS).  As a result of the shift to NIBRS-only data collection, law enforcement agency participation in submitting all crime statistics, including hate crimes, fell significantly from 2020 to 2021.  

Case Examples

A Kentucky woman was sentenced to nine years in prison for mailing threats to her neighbors in 2020 because of their race.

The woman sent multiple threatening letters to an interracial couple and their children, who lived in the same neighborhood. Many of these letters contained violent threats and racial slurs.

At trial, the jury found that the threatening letters were sent to the defendant’s neighbors because of their race.

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A Kentucky man was sentenced to life in prison without parole for two racially motivated murders and his attempted murder of a third person.

On Oct. 24, 2018, the defendant followed a Black man who was grocery shopping with his grandson, before shooting him several times and killing him. He then walked out of the store and into the parking lot, where he shot and killed a Black woman, and exchanged fire with a Black man who was in lawful possession of a handgun. As he left the third victim, he encountered a legally armed white man, who he said he would not shoot because “whites don’t shoot whites.”

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DOJ Offices

FBI Field Office



12401 Sycamore Station Place
Louisville, KY 40299-6198

T: 502.263.6000

U.S. Attorneys' Offices



Eastern District of Kentucky (Lexington)

Western District of Kentucky (Louisville)

CRS Regional Offices



Southeastern Regional Office
61 Forsyth Street SW
Suite 7B65
Atlanta, GA 30303

T: 404.331.6883
F: 404.331.4471

Southeastern Field Office
51 SW First Avenue
Suite 624
Miami, FL 33130

T: 305.536.5206
F: 305.536.6778

Updated January 9, 2024