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Age-specific Arrest Rate Trends
Q: What is the trend for age-specific arrest rates for aggravated assault?
A: Compared with 1980, aggravated assault arrest rates in 2011 were lower for youth ages 15 to 17 but higher for all adult age groups.
Aggravated assault arrests per 100,000 population, 1980, 1994, 2011

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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 2011, aggravated assault arrest rates declined for almost age groups, but the declines were greater for juveniles than for adults. More specifically, the rates dropped an average of 59% for youth ages 15-17, compared with 40% for adults ages 18-24, 33% for those ages 25-29, and 34% for those ages 30-39.
  • Overall, aggravated assault arrest rates in 2011 for youth ages 15-17 were slightly below (9%) 1980 levels. 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, 22% for adults ages 25-29, 36% for those ages 30-34, 24% for those ages 35-39, and 32% for those ages 40-44. Even the arrest rates for adults ages 60-64 increased 12%.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/crime/qa05303.asp?qaDate=2011. Released on February 25, 2014.

Data Source: Arrest estimates developed by the Bureau of Justice Statistics and disseminated through “Arrest Data Analysis Tool.” Online. Available from the BJS website.


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