Delinquency Case Rate Trends
For all racial groups, property offense case rates reached a peak in the early 1990s then declined through 2010.
Delinquency Case Rates for Property Offenses by Race, 1985-2010
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 black juveniles and white juveniles, 1992 for American Indian juveniles, and 1994 for Asian/NHPI juveniles. The increase between 1985 and the peak year was the greatest for Asians/NHPI youth (40%), followed by black juveniles (35%), American Indian juveniles (26%), and whites (20%).
- For most racial groups, the rates dropped quickly after their peaks. By 2010, the rates for American Indian juveniles and Asian/NHPI juveniles were 75% and 57% below their respective peaks. The rates for white juveniles and black juveniles were 54% and 43% below the 1991 peaks, respectively.
Internet Citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available:
April 17, 2013.
Adapted from Juvenile Court Statistics 2009
. Forthcoming. Pittsburgh, PA: National Center for Juvenile Justice.
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