Delinquency Case Rate Trends
Although person offense case rates are much lower for females than for males, female case rates have increased more sharply since 1985.
Delinquency Case Rates for Person Offenses by Sex, 1985-2012
Note: Rates are cases per 1,000 youth ages 10-upper age of juvenile court jurisdiction.
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- The female person offense case rate grew steadily between 1985 and the late 1990s, increasing nearly 180% during the period. After a period of stability, the female person offense case rate again increased, reaching a new peak in 2005. Between 2005 and 2012, the female person offense case rate decreased 26%. Comparatively, the male rate increased 92% between 1985 and its 1995 peak, then generally declined. By 2012, the male person offense case rate was 41% below the 1995 peak.
- As a result of the large increase in female person offense case rates, the disparity in male-female case rates declined somewhat between 1985 and 2012. In 1985, the male person offense case rate was about 4 times the female rate; by 2012, the male rate was 2.0 times the female rate - 12.5 compared with 6.2.
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February 20, 2015.
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