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Juvenile Arrest Rate Trends
For all racial groups, juvenile arrest rates for drunkenness were lower in 2012 than in 1980.

Juvenile Arrest Rates for Drunkenness by Race, 1980-2012

Juvenile Arrest Rates for Drunkenness

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 1993, the arrest rate for drunkenness declined 79% for American Indians and 61% for whites. Despite a moderate increase after 1993, the rates in 2012 were well below 1980 levels.
  • Rates for Asians declined sharply between 1980 and 1985 (53%) and then stabilized somewhat through 1995. By 2012, the arrest rate for Asians was 53% below its 1980 peak.
  • For black juveniles, the arrest rate for drunkenness reached its highest level in 1990 - 33% above the 1980 rate. The decline between 1996 and 2012 resulted in the 2012 rate being 61% lower than the rate in 1980.
  • Rates for Asian juveniles were considerably lower than the rates for other racial groups. In 2012, for example, the rates for American Indian and white youth were nearly five times greater than the Asian rate, and the rate for blacks was more than twice as high.

Internet Citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available:
http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/crime/JAR_Display.asp?ID=qa05277. December 09, 2014.


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