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Juvenile Arrest Rate Trends
In each racial group, the juvenile arrest rate for all offenses combined generally increased from the early 1980s through the mid-1990s and then declined in recent years.

Juvenile Arrest Rates for All Crimes by Race, 1980-2011

Juvenile Arrest Rates for All Crimes by Race

Juvenile Arrest Rates for All Crimes by Race

Note: Rates are arrests of persons ages 10-17 per 100,000 persons ages 10-17 in the resident population. Persons of Hispanic ethnicity may be of any race, i.e., white, black, American Indian, or Asian. Arrests of Hispanics are not reported separately.

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  • Between 1980 and 2011, the total juvenile arrest rate decreased 60% for Asians, 52% for American Indians, 37% for whites, and 15% for black juveniles.
  • In 2011, there were 3,787 arrests of white juveniles for every 100,000 white persons ages 10-17 in the population. In comparison, the Asian juvenile rate was about one-third (30%)the white rate, the American Indian rate was about 10% below the white rate and the black rate was more than double the white rate.
  • The overall arrest rate for black juveniles peaked in 1995. For the other three racial groups, the arrest rates peaked in 1996. Between their peak years and 2011, the juvenile arrest rates declined for each racial group: the decline was 45% for black juveniles, 68% for Asians, 61% for American Indians, and 50% for whites.


Internet Citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available:
http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/crime/JAR_Display.asp?ID=qa05260. February 25, 2014.

 

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