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Juvenile Arrest Rate Trends
For each racial group, simple assault arrest rates increased more than rates for aggravated assault rates.

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

Juvenile Arrest Rates for Simple Assault by Race

Juvenile Arrest Rates for Simple 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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  • Between 1980 and 2012, the juvenile arrest rate for simple assault increased substantially for most racial groups. These increases were greater than the corresponding increases in aggravated assault rates.
  • For American Indian, white and black juveniles, the arrest rate for simple assault increased between 1980 and 2012 (25% for American Indians, 74% for whites, and 101% for blacks), while the rate for aggravated assault decreased (47% for American Indians, 23% for whites, and 9% for blacks). For Asian juveniles, simple assault arrests decreased 28% while aggravated assault arrests decreased by 37% over the 33-year period.
  • In 2012, the simple assault arrest rate for black juveniles was three times the rate for whites, almost four times the rate for American Indian youth, and eleven times the rate for Asians.

Internet Citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available:
http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/crime/JAR_Display.asp?ID=qa05271. 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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