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Juveniles as Offenders
Homicide
Q: How does juvenile homicide offending vary by race?
A: The number of known juvenile murder offenders in 2011 was about one-third the number in 1993 for white and black youth.
Known juvenile homicide offenders by race, 1980-2011

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  • The number of known juvenile homicide offenders peaked in 1993 for black youth and white youth. Between 1984 and the 1993 peak, the number of known white juvenile murder offenders increased 81% and the number of known black offenders quadrupled.
  • Since the 1993 peak, the number of known juvenile homicide offenders declined through the early 2000s for both race groups. By 2011, the number of known black juvenile homicide offenders was at its lowest level of the 32-year period, and the number of known white juvenile homicide offenders was slightly above the 2010 low-point.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/offenders/qa03101.asp?qaDate=2011. Released on August 05, 2013.

Adapted from Puzzanchera, C. and Kang, W. (2013). Easy Access to the FBI's Supplementary Homicide Reports: 1980-2011. Available on-line at: http://ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/ezashr/.

Data Source: Federal Bureau of Investigation. Supplementary Homicide Reports for the years 19802011 [machine-readable data files]. Washington, D.C.: FBI.

 

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