Delinquency Case Rate Trends
In 2012, the drug offense case rate for males was about 4 times the female rate.
Delinquency Case Rates for Drug Offenses by Sex, 1985-2012
Note: Rates are cases per 1,000 youth ages 10-upper age of juvenile court jurisdiction.
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- Trends in drug offense case rates followed similar patterns for males and females between 1985 and 2012. For males, the case rate increased more than 150% between 1991 and 1997, the peak year. Since the 1997 peak, the male rate generally declined through 2012 (down 30%) and returned to the level of the mid-1990s.
- Similar to the pattern for males, the drug offense case rate for females increased between 1991 and 1997. Unlike the trend for males, however, the brief period of stability in the female rate was followed by an increase through 2004, the peak year for females. Despite a recent decline—21% between 2004 and 2012—the rate in 2012 remained considerably above the rate in 1991.
Internet Citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available:
February 20, 2015.
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