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Juvenile Arrest Rate Trends
After peaking in the mid-1990s, aggravated assault arrest rates fell substantially for all four racial groups.

Juvenile Arrest Rates for Aggravated Assault by Race, 1980-2012

Juvenile Arrest Rates for Aggravated Assault by Race

Juvenile Arrest Rates for Aggravated Assault by Race

Note: Rates are arrests of persons ages 10-17 per 100,000 persons ages 10-17 in the resident population. Persons of Hispanic ethnicity may be of any race, i.e., white, black, American Indian, or Asian. Arrests of Hispanics are not reported separately.

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  • The period from 1980 through 1994 saw substantial increases in aggravated assault arrest rates for juveniles in each racial group: black (149% increase), Asian (126%), white (97%), and American Indian (73%). Following this increase, the rates declined for each racial group between 1994 and 2012: 72% for Asians, 70% for American Indians, 63% for blacks, and 61% for whites.
  • Following these declines, the rates in 2012 were at or below their lowest levels for all race groups since at least 1980.

Internet Citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available:
http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/crime/JAR_Display.asp?ID=qa05265. 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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