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Juvenile Arrest Rate Trends
Drug arrests soared for male and female juveniles between 1992 and 1996.

Juvenile Arrest Rates for Drug Abuse Violations by Sex, 1980-2012

Juvenile Arrest Rates for Drug Abuse Violations by Sex

Juvenile Arrest Rates for Drug Abuse 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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  • After a period of substantial growth through the 1990s, the male juvenile arrest rate for drug abuse violations generally declined after 1996 while the female rate remained relatively stable, with a modest decline in recent years.
  • By 2012, the drug abuse arrest rate for males declined 41% from its 1996 peak, while the rate for females was down 27% from its 2004 peak. Despite declines in recent years for both groups, the arrest rates in 2011 were above the rates in 1980 (17% for males and 21% for females).
  • In 2012, the male drug arrest rate was more than four times the female rate.

Internet Citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available:
http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/crime/JAR_Display.asp?ID=qa05244. 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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