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Juvenile Arrest Rate Trends
Runaway arrest rates show little racial disparity.

Juvenile Arrest Rates for Running Away by Race, 1980-2011

Year Whites Blacks American
Indians
Asians
1980 507.3 467.9 732.1 303.8
1981 486.6 653.4 439.9 261.0
1982 484.2 425.6 421.1 269.0
1983 466.7 363.3 428.0 203.3
1984 543.1 413.8 511.8 265.0
1985 599.4 483.7 544.1 288.0
1986 620.6 507.9 606.7 288.4
1987 604.6 520.9 548.6 278.9
1988 628.9 566.2 765.2 331.5
1989 605.4 583.6 683.1 180.7
1990 644.0 661.3 732.2 373.0
1991 638.8 683.2 593.9 412.9
1992 632.8 673.5 634.7 518.2
1993 613.8 653.1 692.0 529.7
1994 818.8 987.9 588.5 596.6
1995 806.7 957.8 602.2 624.2
1996 630.4 657.3 573.7 583.8
1997 620.7 679.3 556.4 492.5
1998 519.8 563.0 410.2 385.0
1999 458.8 501.1 392.7 359.1
2000 430.7 461.0 447.0 381.4
2001 393.8 451.8 331.8 373.4
2002 364.0 408.4 332.5 431.5
2003 346.2 439.2 392.0 399.6
2004 331.1 444.0 349.2 333.1
2005 293.3 438.2 362.1 284.5
2006 299.8 478.7 370.2 341.0
2007 280.7 481.7 367.7 331.3
2008 280.4 509.5 352.3 319.0
2009 237.5 443.1 349.9 299.3
2010 n/a n/a n/a n/a
2011 n/a n/a n/a n/a

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.
**As of data year 2010, the FBI no longer reports arrests for running away.

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  • More so than for other offenses, the race-specific arrest rates for running away from home are very similar. In 2009, for example, the rates for the four racial groups ranged from 238 to 443 per 100,000 persons ages 10-17.
  • By 2009, the juvenile arrest rates for running away were lower than levels observed in 1980 for whites (down 53%), American Indians (52%), and blacks (5%). The rate for Asian juveniles in 2009 was roughly equivalent to its 1980 level.


Internet Citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available:
http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/crime/JAR_Display.asp?ID=qa05280. February 25, 2014.

 

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