|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, 1980-2010
|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 2010, 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 juveniles, the arrest rate for simple assault increased 38% between 1980 and 2010, while the rate for aggravated assault decreased 31%. For white juveniles, the increases were 119% (simple assault) and 6% (aggravated assault), for black juveniles, the increases were 146% (simple assault) and 20% (aggravated assault), and for Asian juveniles, simple assault arrests decreased 12% while aggravated assault arrests decreased by 19% over the 31-year period.
- In 2010, the simple assault arrest rate for black juveniles was three times the rate for whites, four times the rate for American Indian youth, and ten times the rate for Asians.
Internet Citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available:
December 17, 2012.
Adapted from Puzzanchera, C. and Adams, B. (2012). Juvenile Arrests 2009
. Washington, D.C.: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
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