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Juvenile Arrest Rate Trends
Juvenile Property Crime Index arrest rates have fallen considerably for all racial groups since the early 1990s.

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 2012 were at their lowest level in 33 years for all but Asian youth.
  • In 2012, the black-white disparity in Property Crime Index arrest rates was much smaller than the disparity in Violent Crime Index arrest rates (2.7 vs. 5.2).
  • In the 33 years from 1980 to 2012, 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.


Internet Citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available:
http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/crime/JAR_Display.asp?ID=qa05266. December 09, 2014.

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

 

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