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Juvenile Arrest Rate Trends
Male and female arrest rates for weapons law violations followed similar patterns between 1980 and 2012.

Juvenile Arrest Rates for Weapons Law Violations by Sex, 1980-2012

Juvenile Arrest Rates for Weapons Law Violations by Sex

Juvenile Arrest Rates for Weapons Law Violations 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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  • For both males and females, the arrest rate for weapons law violations increased substantially through the 1980s. Between 1980 and their 1994 peaks, the rate increased proportionally more for females (256%) than for males (139%).
  • After reaching a peak in 1994 both rates declined through 2002 (53% for males and 32% for females), increased through 2006, then declined through 2012. Following these declines, the male rate in 2012 was 18% below the 1980 rate while the female rate was 47% above its 1980 low point.
  • The disproportionate increase in the female rate narrowed the gender disparity in weapons law violation arrest rates. In 1980, the male rate was sixteen times the female rate; in 2012, the male rate was about nine times the female rate.

Internet Citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available:
http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/crime/JAR_Display.asp?ID=qa05243. 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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