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Juvenile Arrest Rate Trends
Male and female arrest rates for weapons law violations followed similar patterns between 1980 and 2011.

Juvenile Arrest Rates for Weapons Law Violations by Sex, 1980-2011

Year Males Females
1980 156.9 9.8
1981 164.5 10.6
1982 163.4 11.8
1983 156.1 11.0
1984 170.0 11.9
1985 189.7 14.5
1986 195.0 13.8
1987 191.8 15.5
1988 238.9 17.9
1989 259.2 18.8
1990 263.7 18.7
1991 314.6 22.8
1992 338.9 27.8
1993 373.1 33.9
1994 374.5 34.8
1995 331.9 31.4
1996 299.6 28.7
1997 290.1 31.0
1998 243.6 26.4
1999 221.6 25.2
2000 191.1 23.8
2001 190.2 24.9
2002 177.8 23.8
2003 196.1 26.2
2004 202.4 27.6
2005 225.7 28.8
2006 237.3 28.3
2007 221.6 25.3
2008 204.0 23.1
2009 172.9 21.2
2010 159.6 20.4
2011 144.6 17.7

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 peak years, 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 2011. Following these declines, the male rate in 2011 was 8% below the 1980 rate while the female rate was 81% 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 2011, the male rate was about eight times the female rate.


Internet Citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available:
http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/crime/JAR_Display.asp?ID=qa05243. February 25, 2014.

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

 

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