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Juvenile Arrest Rate Trends
For each racial group, juvenile simple assault arrest rates fell considerably since 2005, down 63% for Asian youth, 48% for American Indian youth, 44% for white youth, and 38% for black youth.

Juvenile Arrest Rates for Simple Assault by Race, 1980-2014

Year Whites Blacks American
Indians
Asians
1980 229.5 615.7 265.7 158.6
1981 221.5 619.8 252.8 155.2
1982 230.9 684.6 238.3 150.3
1983 233.1 708.4 227.8 157.8
1984 223.6 683.0 217.7 125.4
1985 266.7 804.6 262.4 144.9
1986 287.8 873.4 267.8 149.9
1987 312.7 1,005.4 283.7 178.8
1988 350.6 1,126.4 354.6 218.6
1989 390.9 1,280.3 401.1 127.5
1990 422.9 1,269.2 443.5 253.9
1991 445.7 1,410.2 430.0 251.3
1992 460.1 1,421.6 494.0 236.4
1993 494.9 1,513.6 584.8 257.8
1994 559.7 1,602.8 663.5 268.2
1995 560.8 1,643.6 661.3 259.2
1996 609.6 1,650.3 681.4 282.2
1997 629.8 1,670.1 735.8 252.9
1998 620.2 1,538.6 596.5 226.6
1999 593.2 1,473.4 602.2 207.2
2000 592.0 1,469.4 581.4 196.5
2001 588.5 1,532.4 547.9 188.8
2002 564.2 1,516.4 519.8 205.6
2003 556.0 1,584.7 469.1 197.7
2004 571.4 1,661.1 472.4 196.9
2005 557.4 1,686.7 510.8 173.6
2006 563.2 1,656.6 494.3 167.8
2007 542.8 1,628.8 436.8 157.5
2008 528.1 1,578.3 386.0 158.8
2009 502.9 1,512.4 396.2 138.9
2010 491.5 1,421.3 366.3 134.6
2011 444.3 1,322.7 372.8 110.9
2012 400.1 1,233.8 333.3 113.4

2013 342.3 1,133.5 314.3 68.4
2014 313.3 1,040.8 267.0 64.4

Note: Rates are arrests of persons ages 0-17 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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Internet Citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available:
http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/crime/JAR_Display.asp?ID=qa05271. December 13, 2015.

Data source: Arrest estimates for 1980-2012 developed by the Bureau of Justice Statistics and disseminated through "Arrest Data Analysis Tool." Online. Available from the BJS website.

Arrest estimates for 2013 and 2014 developed by the National Center for Juvenile Justice based on data published in the FBI's Crime in the United States reports [Tables 29, 39, and 40]. These are preliminary estimates that will be updated upon release of final estimates on the Bureau of Justice Statistics’ Arrest Data Analysis Tool.

 

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