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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 South Carolina in 2022.

Image of the 2022 South Carolina Hate Crimes Fact Sheet

Fast Facts on South Carolina Hate Crime Incidents*

Bias Motivation Categories by Year

Bias Motivation Category 2020 2021 2022
Race/Ethnicity/Ancestry 58 49 40
Religion 31 32 13
Sexual Orientation 12 21 10
Disability 1 2 0
Gender 4 0 0
Gender Identity 4 3 2
Total: 110 107 65

Types of Crime

Crimes Against Persons 32 47.1%
Crimes Against Property 23 33.8%
Crimes Against Society 13 19.1%

Bias Motivation Categories

Race/Ethnicity/Ancestry 40 61.5%
Religion 13 20.0%
Sexual Orientation 10 15.4%
Disability 0 0.0%
Gender 0 0.0%
Gender Identity 2 3.1%


*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 South Carolina man pleaded guilty to obstructing an investigation into a 2019 murder of a Black transgender woman.

The defendant hid that he had used his cell phone to call and text the victim on the day she was killed. He also lied about seeing the person who allegedly killed the victim on the morning of the attack.

Guilty Plea:

A South Carolina man and woman pleaded guilty to a hate crime and other charges.

The man and woman followed their victims home from public places like the grocery store and gas station and robbed them at gunpoint. They targeted their victims because of their race and nationality.

According to the plea agreements, both defendants must pay restitution to the victims.

Guilty Plea:


Two South Carolina men have been charged with hate crimes for the murder of a transgender woman because of her gender identity.

According to the charges, one of the defendants shot the victim because of her gender identity and then both men lied to authorities about where they were on the night of the murder.

These are serious allegations. But the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Press Release:

Press Release:


February 24, 2024

South Carolina Man Found Guilty of Hate Crime for Killing a Transgender Woman Because of Her Gender Identity

November 28, 2023

Two South Carolina Men Charged with Hate Crimes for Bias-Motivated Armed Robberies Targeting Hispanic Victims

October 26, 2023

South Carolina Man Pleads Guilty to Obstructing Justice in the Murder of a Black Transgender Woman

October 13, 2023

Staged Reading of The Laramie Project Set for October 17 and 18 at University of South Carolina School 

August 23, 2023

South Carolina Man and Woman Plead Guilty to Hate Crime and Conspiracy for Bias-Motivated Armed Robberies Targeting Hispanic Victims

June 27, 2023

Readout of Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke’s Trip to South Carolina

March 8, 2023

U.S. Attorney for District of South Carolina Joins DOJ Delegation to Commemorate Bloody Sunday and Passage of Voting Rights Act of 1965

February 8, 2022

U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of South Carolina Announces New Court Guide for Mass Violence Trials

October 28, 2021

Justice Department Announces Multi-Million Dollar Civil Settlement in Principle in Mother Emanuel Charleston Church Mass Shooting

September 24, 2021

FBI Launches Hate Crime Reporting Campaign in South Carolina

August 30, 2019
U.S. Attorney’s Office Sponsors 20th Annual Southern States Victim Assistance Conference

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The resources below include specific examples, experiences, or information related to South Carolina.
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Publication | National Institute of Justice (OJP) | Law Enforcement, Prosecutors

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DOJ Offices

FBI Field Office



151 Westpark Boulevard
Columbia, SC 29210

T: 803.551.4200

U.S. Attorney's Office



South Carolina (Columbia)

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 April 10, 2024