|Juvenile Arrest Rate Trends
The female arrest rate for aggravated assault increased proportionately more and declined less than the male rate.
Juvenile Arrest Rates for Aggravated Assault by Sex, 1980-2010
|Note: Rates are arrests of persons ages 10-17 per 100,000 persons ages 10-17 in the resident population.
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- The juvenile arrest rate for aggravated assault doubled between 1980 and the mid-1990s for males while the female rate increased by more than 170%.
- Since the mid-1990s peak, the rates for both groups declined through 2010, but the relative
decline was greater for males (57%) than for females (40%).
- As a result, in 2010, the juvenile male arrest rate was 10% below its 1980 level, while the female rate was 68% above its 1980 rate.
- The disproportionate increase in female arrest rates for aggravated assault compared with male rates indicates that the rates were affected by factors that impinged differently on females and males. One possible explanation may be found in policy changes over this period that encourage arrests in domestic violence incidents.
Internet Citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available:
December 17, 2012.
Adapted from Puzzanchera, C. and Adams, B. (2012). Juvenile Arrests 2009
. Washington, D.C.: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
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