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Law Enforcement & Juvenile Crime
Juvenile Arrest Rate Trends
Juvenile arrest rates for disorderly conduct increased considerably for each racial group between the mid-1980s and mid-1990s.

Juvenile Arrest Rates for Disorderly Conduct by Race, 1980-2011

Year Whites Blacks American
Indians
Asians
1980 379.2 669.1 422.5 45.1
1981 338.4 820.5 248.1 56.5
1982 363.4 1,046.6 231.2 60.4
1983 319.3 753.5 231.7 43.7
1984 289.9 597.9 179.8 37.1
1985 302.8 612.6 189.3 43.3
1986 317.3 630.9 204.1 44.0
1987 324.8 722.7 214.9 48.5
1988 357.8 894.0 280.7 70.2
1989 364.2 952.8 247.1 67.5
1990 369.0 889.7 273.3 84.8
1991 391.9 1,027.1 257.3 87.0
1992 389.5 1,043.1 281.3 89.2
1993 405.7 1,113.9 327.0 82.5
1994 476.2 1,203.7 427.1 112.7
1995 467.6 1,286.3 429.5 107.0
1996 570.6 1,501.5 494.4 153.3
1997 572.3 1,421.4 528.8 161.9
1998 484.8 1,136.3 338.2 120.6
1999 433.7 1,026.6 409.3 99.4
2000 409.9 1,009.2 295.6 92.9
2001 397.3 1,101.5 306.9 97.3
2002 471.5 1,199.7 449.2 108.0
2003 455.9 1,242.8 376.8 116.0
2004 462.7 1,288.6 406.7 106.9
2005 454.4 1,404.0 456.7 102.0
2006 463.6 1,431.7 443.0 103.5
2007 447.7 1,424.1 367.7 91.2
2008 419.2 1,341.7 308.8 87.6
2009 376.6 1,239.3 293.7 80.4
2010 351.6 1,123.4 272.1 68.8
2011 312.5 1,026.0 265.6 56.8

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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  • Arrest rates for disorderly conduct peaked in 1996 for black juveniles, and in 1997 for all other race groups. The increase between 1984 and the peak year was greatest for Asians (337%), followed by American Indians (194%), blacks (151%), and whites (97%).
  • By 2011, the rate for Asian juveniles was 65% below its 1997 peak, and the rates for white, American Indian, and black juveniles were 45%, 50%, and 32% below their respective peaks.


Internet Citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available:
http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/crime/JAR_Display.asp?ID=qa05278. February 25, 2014.

 

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