Delinquency Case Rate Trends
The public order offense case rate for females increased 64% between 1985 and 2012 while the rate for males increased 17% during this period.
Delinquency Case Rates for Public Order 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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- The male public order offense case rate increased gradually between 1985 and 1998, during which time the rate increased 71%. The male rate stayed within a limited range through 2008, averaging about 19 cases per 1,000 males under juvenile court jurisdiction. The rate in 2012 was 31% below the average for the 1998-2008 period.
- After a period of stability, the female public order offense case rate more than doubled between 1991 and 2005, the peak year. Between 2005 and 2012, the rate declined 32%.
- As a result of the large increase in female public order offense case rates, the male-female case rate disparity declined between 1985 and 2012. In 1985, the male public order offense case rate was more than 3 times the female rate; by 2012, the male rate was about 2.5 times the female rate - 13.2 compared with 5.4.
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February 20, 2015.
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