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Juvenile Arrest Rate Trends
After a period of substantial growth through the 1990s, the juvenile arrest rate for drug abuse violations generally declined through 2012.

Juvenile Arrest Rates for Drug Abuse Violations, 1980-2012

Juvenile Arrest Rates for Drug Abuse Violations

Note: Rates are arrests of persons ages 10-17 per 100,000 persons ages 10-17 in the resident population.

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  • Between 1991 and 1997, the juvenile arrest rate for drug abuse violations increased 138%. The rate declined 39% between 1997 and 2011, but the 2012 rate was 46% more than the 1991 rate.
  • Over the 1980–2012 period, the juvenile drug arrest rate for whites peaked in 1997 and then gradually declined through 2011 (down 29%). In contrast, the rate for blacks peaked in 1996, then fell 41% by 2002. Despite a recent increase for black youth—13% between 2002 and 2006—the rate fell 40% through 2012 and was 60% below the 1996 peak.

Internet Citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available:
http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/crime/JAR_Display.asp?ID=qa05214. December 09, 2014.

Adapted from Puzzanchera, C. (2013). Juvenile Arrests 2011. Washington, D.C.: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.


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