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Delinquency Case Rate Trends
Between 1985 and 2010, the public order offense case rate increased more for black youth (126%) and white youth (31%) than for Asian/NHPI youth (24%). The public order offense case rate decreased for American Indian youth (21%).

Delinquency Case Rates for Public Order Offenses by Race, 1985-2010

Delinquency Case Rates for Public Order Offenses by Race

Delinquency Case Rates for Public Order Offenses by Race

Note: Rates are cases per 1,000 youth ages 10-upper age of juvenile court jurisdiction.

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  • After a period of stability between 1985 and 1991, the public order offense case rate for white youth grew steadily through 2000, resting at a rate 56% above the 1991 level. The rate was essentially constant through the 2007 then declined through 2010.
  • For black youth, the public order offense case rate more than doubled between 1985 and 1997. Following a brief decline, the rate increased through the mid-2000s, leveled off, then declined 28% between 2008 and 2010.
  • For American Indian youth, the public order offense case rate grew 25% between 1985 and 1998. By 2010, the rate was 28% below its 1998 peak.
  • Unlike the trends for the other racial groups, the public order case rate for Asian/NHPI juveniles was relatively stable between 1985 and 2010, ranging between a low point of 2.3 (1986) and a peak of 4.3 (2005).

Internet Citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available:
http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/court/JCSCR_Display.asp?ID=qa06254. April 17, 2013.

Adapted from Juvenile Court Statistics 2009. Forthcoming. Pittsburgh, PA: National Center for Juvenile Justice.


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