Delinquency Case Rate Trends
For all racial groups, property offense case rates reached a peak in the early 1990s then declined through 2012.
Delinquency Case Rates for Property Offenses by Race, 1985-2012
Note: Rates are cases per 1,000 youth ages 10-upper age of juvenile court jurisdiction.
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- Property offense case rates peaked in 1991 for white juveniles, 1992 for American Indian juveniles, 1994 for Asian/NHPI juveniles, and 1995 for black juveniles. The increase between 1985 and the peak year was the greatest for Asians/NHPI youth (41%), followed by black juveniles (33%), American Indian juveniles (20%), and whites (19%).
- For most racial groups, the rates dropped quickly after their peaks. By 2012, the rates for American Indian juveniles and Asian/NHPI juveniles were 79% and 72% below their respective peaks. The rates for white juveniles and black juveniles were 63% and 50% below their respective peaks.
Internet Citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available:
February 20, 2015.
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