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Juvenile Arrest Rate Trends
For both males and females, juvenile arrest rates for simple assault grew substantially through the 1980s and 1990s.

Juvenile Arrest Rates for Simple Assault by Sex, 1980-2011

Year Males Females
1980 427.2 118.8
1981 416.7 118.2
1982 441.7 126.9
1983 447.2 130.9
1984 423.4 132.5
1985 501.0 158.1
1986 545.3 167.0
1987 603.0 188.6
1988 675.0 214.3
1989 753.3 237.7
1990 796.1 255.0
1991 848.9 279.8
1992 859.1 297.1
1993 907.8 338.0
1994 996.6 379.1
1995 990.3 399.7
1996 1,042.9 425.6
1997 1,051.8 455.3
1998 983.4 464.6
1999 945.8 442.6
2000 937.2 449.8
2001 938.9 466.7
2002 912.0 461.2
2003 914.9 470.0
2004 938.4 500.0
2005 936.7 492.0
2006 929.3 498.1
2007 899.9 484.0
2008 866.5 477.1
2009 826.8 454.3
2010 780.7 449.0
2011 708.3 413.5

Note: Rates are arrests of persons ages 10-17 per 100,000 persons ages 10-17 in the resident population.

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  • As with aggravated assault, the increase in the female juvenile arrest rate for simple assault over the 30-year period far outpaced the increase in the male rate (248% vs. 66%). As a result, the female proportion of juvenile arrests for simple assault grew from 21% to 36%.
  • The disproportionate increase in the female rate narrowed the gender disparity in the simple assault arrest rate. In 1980, the juvenile male arrest rate for simple assault was more than three and one-half times the female rate; in 2011, the male rate was less than twice the female rate.
  • Juvenile male and female simple assault arrest rates both declined between 2004 and 2011 (25% and 17%, respectively).


Internet Citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available:
http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/crime/JAR_Display.asp?ID=qa05241. February 25, 2014.

Adapted from Puzzanchera, C. (2013). Juvenile Arrests 2011. Washington, D.C.: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

 

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