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Juvenile Arrest Rate Trends
Compared to the considerable fluctuation in race-specific Violent Crime Index arrest rates during the 1980s and 1990s, Property Crime Index arrest rates were far more stable.

Juvenile Arrest Rates for Property Crime Index Offenses by Race, 1980-2011

Juvenile Arrest Rates for Property Crime Index Offenses

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.

The Property Crime Index includes the offenses of burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson.

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  • The Property Crime Index arrest rates in 2011 were at their lowest level in 32 years for all race groups.
  • In the 32 years from 1980 to 2011, the black youth arrest rate for property crimes averaged twice the white youth rate, much smaller than the black-white disparity in juvenile arrest rates for violent crimes.
  • In 2011, the black-white disparity in Property Crime Index arrest rates was much smaller than the disparity in Violent Crime Index arrest rates (2.6 vs. 5.0).

Internet Citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available:
http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/crime/JAR_Display.asp?ID=qa05266. 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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