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Juvenile Arrest Rate Trends
The curfew and loitering arrest rate grew more for black juveniles than white juveniles in the 1990s.

Juvenile Arrest Rates for Curfew and Loitering by Race, 1980-2012

Juvenile Arrest Rates for Curfew and Loitering

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 curfew and loitering peaked in 1996 for white and Asian juveniles, 1997 for American Indian and black juveniles. The increase between 1980 and the peak year was the greatest for black (277%) juveniles, followed by Asians (208%), whites (145%), and American Indians (51%).
  • For most racial groups, the rates dropped quickly after their peaks. By 2012, the rate for Asian juveniles was 75% below its 1997 peak, and rates for American Indian, white, and black juveniles were 71%, 71%, and 49% below their respective peaks.

Internet Citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available:
http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/crime/JAR_Display.asp?ID=qa05279. December 09, 2014.


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