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Juvenile Arrest Rate Trends
Trends in arrest rates for arson were very similar for white and black juveniles between 1980 and 2012.

Juvenile Arrest Rates for Arson by Race, 1980-2012

Juvenile Arrest Rates for Arson

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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  • For white juveniles and black juveniles, arson arrest rates were essentially equal for most years between 1980 and the mid-2000s. However, the greater decline in the white rate (down 41% vs 20% for black youth) brought the black-white arrest rate disparity to 1.6, its highest level since at least 1980.
  • Between 1980 and 2012, the arson arrest rate for Asian juveniles stayed within a limited range and was substantially below the rate for other races, averaging 30% of the white rate over the 33-year period. Because the number of arson arrests reported for American Indian juveniles each year was small, arson arrest rate magnitudes and trends for this racial group are unreliable.

Internet Citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available:
http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/crime/JAR_Display.asp?ID=qa05270. 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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