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Juvenile Arrest Rate Trends
For all racial groups, larceny-theft arrest rates in 2012 were well below the rates in 1980.

Juvenile Arrest Rates for Larceny-theft by Race, 1980-2012

Juvenile Arrest Rates for Larceny-theft

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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  • Between 1980 and 2006, arrest rates for larceny-theft declined substantially for all racial groups: 69% for Asians, 65% for American Indians, 49% for blacks, and 43% for whites.
  • By 2012, the rates for white and American Indian youth reached their lowest levels since at least 1980, while the Asian rate was just 1% above its 2011 low-point, and the black rate was just 3% above its 2006 low-point.
  • In 2012, the black-white disparity (2.6) in the larceny-theft arrest rate reached its highest level of the 33-year-period.

Internet Citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available:
http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/crime/JAR_Display.asp?ID=qa05268. 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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