Delinquency Case Rate Trends
Public order offense case rates were higher in 2012 than in 1985 for white youth and black youth, but lower for American Indian and Asian/NHPI youth.
Delinquency Case Rates for Public Order Offenses by Race, 1985-2012
Note: Rates are cases per 1,000 youth ages 10-upper age of juvenile court jurisdiction.
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- After a period of stability between 1985 and 1991, the public order offense case rate for white youth grew steadily through 2000, resting at a rate 60% above the 1991 level. The rate was essentially constant through 2007 then declined through 2012.
- For black youth, the public order offense case rate more than doubled between 1985 and 1997. Following a brief decline, the rate increased through the mid-2000s, leveled off, then declined 31% between 2007 and 2012.
- For American Indian youth, the public order offense case rate grew 20% between 1985 and 1998. By 2012, the rate was 33% below its 1998 peak.
- Unlike the trends for the other racial groups, the public order case rate for Asian/NHPI juveniles was relatively stable between 1985 and 2012, ranging between a low point of 2.2 (2012) and a peak of 4.2 (2005).
Internet Citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available:
February 20, 2015.
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