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Juvenile Arrest Rate Trends
For all racial groups, larceny-theft arrest rates in 2011 were well below the rates in 1980.

Juvenile Arrest Rates for Larceny-theft by Race, 1980-2011

Year Whites Blacks American
Indians
Asians
1980 1,251.3 2,730.1 1,714.7 1,043.0
1981 1,224.2 2,798.9 1,383.5 944.7
1982 1,249.9 2,934.8 1,512.7 900.3
1983 1,231.3 2,831.2 1,466.3 755.0
1984 1,267.6 2,848.3 1,612.1 671.7
1985 1,347.6 2,887.3 1,825.4 776.8
1986 1,404.3 2,870.9 1,773.9 762.3
1987 1,469.3 2,803.3 1,674.1 858.9
1988 1,548.6 2,876.5 1,862.9 979.1
1989 1,545.7 2,751.1 1,934.6 643.4
1990 1,546.9 2,652.1 1,762.2 836.1
1991 1,576.5 2,682.4 1,749.9 862.7
1992 1,477.9 2,560.1 1,662.0 847.3
1993 1,414.6 2,591.0 1,731.3 869.3
1994 1,506.9 2,895.8 1,755.2 934.8
1995 1,492.2 2,822.9 1,758.7 919.8
1996 1,468.3 2,590.7 1,914.4 957.0
1997 1,409.7 2,575.2 1,820.0 903.1
1998 1,170.1 2,177.0 1,421.8 685.0
1999 1,020.6 1,933.2 1,298.8 600.5
2000 983.8 1,854.1 1,174.6 540.1
2001 909.2 1,777.2 986.4 473.8
2002 895.2 1,637.2 932.8 491.3
2003 847.1 1,568.4 890.8 434.2
2004 841.0 1,537.3 842.5 423.0
2005 764.0 1,426.2 772.5 349.0
2006 712.0 1,392.4 601.8 321.5
2007 756.5 1,577.1 661.9 341.0
2008 816.7 1,757.9 638.1 340.0
2009 802.0 1,787.3 662.4 364.3
2010 709.6 1,605.6 608.0 313.9
2011 629.1 1,532.4 599.6 269.8

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.
  • Since 2006, arrest rates for larceny-theft have been relatively stable, resting at the lowest level of the 32-year-period for all but black youth.
  • In 2011, the black juvenile larceny-theft arrest rate was 2.4 times higher than the white rate, similar to the 1982 peak (2.3) in black-white disparity for larceny-theft.


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