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Juvenile Arrest Rate Trends
For both males and females, juvenile arrest rates for simple assault grew substantially through the 1980s and 1990s.

Juvenile Arrest Rates for Simple Assault by Sex, 1980-2012

Juvenile Arrest Rates for Simple Assault by Sex

Juvenile Arrest Rates for Simple Assault by Sex

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

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  • As with aggravated assault, the increase in the female juvenile arrest rate for simple assault over the 33-year period far outpaced the increase in the male rate (226% vs. 49%). As a result, the female proportion of juvenile arrests for simple assault grew from 21% in 1980 to 37% in 2012.
  • The disproportionate increase in the female rate narrowed the gender disparity in the simple assault arrest rate. In 1980, the juvenile male arrest rate for simple assault was more than three and one-half times the female rate; in 2012, the male rate was less than twice the female rate.
  • Juvenile male and female simple assault arrest rates both declined between 2004 and 2012 (32% and 22%, respectively).

Internet Citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available:
http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/crime/JAR_Display.asp?ID=qa05241. 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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