Delinquency Case Rate Trends
Between 1985 and 2013, the person offense case rate increased for white youth (26%) and black youth (29%) but declined for American Indian (-28%) and Asian/NHPI (-31%) youth.
Delinquency Case Rates for Person Offenses by Race, 1985-2013
Note: Rates are cases per 1,000 youth ages 10-upper age of juvenile court jurisdiction.
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- Most of the growth in the person offense case rate for white youth occurred between 1985 and 1997, during which time the rate more than doubled. By 2013, the rate fell 42% from its 1997 peak.
- For black youth, the person offense case rate reached a peak in 1995, 98% above the 1985 level. Following a slight decline through the early 2000s, the rate increased through 2005, then fell 30% through 2013.
- In 2013, the person offense case rate for black juveniles was more than triple the rate for American Indian and white juveniles, and fifteen times the rate for Asian/NHPI juveniles.
Internet Citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available:
April 17, 2015.
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