|Age-specific Arrest Rate Trends
||What is the trend for age-specific arrest rates for aggravated assault?
||Compared with 1980, aggravated assault arrest rates in 2010 were higher for most age groups.
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- The peak year for juvenile aggravated assault arrest rates was 1994. Between 1980 and 1994, arrest rates for youth ages 15-17 increased an average of 122%. The rates also increased substantially for adults in their thirties. More specifically, the rates increased 105% for adults ages 30-34 and 89% for those ages 35-39.
- Between 1994 and 2010, aggravated assault arrest rates declined for almost age groups, but the declines were greater for juveniles than for adults. More specifically, the rates dropped 55% for youth ages 15-17, compared with 37% for adults ages 18-24, 31% for those ages 25-29, and 34% for those ages 30-39.
- Overall, the 2010 aggravated assault arrest rate for youth ages 15-17 was about the same as in 1980. In comparison, the rates increased for adults age 18 and older, with the largest increases being for those between ages 35 and 44. More specifically, the rates increased 11% for adults ages 18-24, 26% for adults ages 25-29, 35% for those ages 30-34, 26% for those ages 35-39, and 37% for those ages 40-44. Even the arrest rates for adults ages 60-64 increased 16%.
Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book
. Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/crime/qa05303.asp?qaDate=2010.
Released on April 17, 2013.
Data Source: Arrest estimates developed by the Bureau of Justice Statistics and disseminated through “Arrest Data Analysis Tool.” Online. Available from the BJS
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