|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, 1980-2011
|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 2011, the drug abuse arrest rate for males declined 38% from its 1996 peak, while the rate for females was down 24% from its 2004 peak. Despite declines in recent years for both groups, the arrest rates in 2011 were above the rates in 1980 (24% for males and 26% for females).
- In 2011, the male drug arrest rate was about five times the female rate.
Internet Citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available:
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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