|Juvenile Arrest Rate Trends
After peaking in the mid-1990s, aggravated assault arrest rates fell substantially for all four racial groups.
Juvenile Arrest Rates for Aggravated Assault by Race, 1980-2010
|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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- The period from 1980 through 1994 saw substantial increases in aggravated assault arrest rates for juveniles in each racial group: black (149% increase), Asian (126%), white (97%), and American Indian (73%). Following this increase, the rates declined for each racial group between 1994 and 2010: 72% for Asians, 61% for American Indians, 57% for blacks, and 51% for whites.
- Following these declines, the rates in 2010 were at their lowest levels since the early 1980s for white and black youth, while the rates for Asian and American Indian youth were at their lowest level since at least 1980.
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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