|Age-specific Arrest Rate Trends
||What is the trend for age-specific arrest rates for drug law violations?
||Across ages, drug abuse violation arrest rates were higher in 2010 than in 1980.
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- The peak year for juvenile drug abuse violation arrest rates was 1997. Between 1980 and 1997, arrest rates doubled on average for youth ages 15-17, as did arrest rates for adults ages 18-24. By comparison, rates for adults ages 30-34 tripled and rates for those ages 40-44 increased by a factor of 6.
- Between 1997 and 2010, drug abuse violation arrest rates declined for juveniles and young adults under age 21. More specifically, the rate fell 29% for youth ages 15-17, compared with 8% for adults ages 18-20. Rates increased somewhat for adults ages 21-24 and those ages 25-29 (up 2% and 6%, respectively).
- Overall from 1980 to 2010, the drug abuse violation arrest rates for youth ages 15-17 increased 42%. In comparison, the rates increased more for adults age 18 and older. More specifically, the rates increased 104% for adults ages 18-24, 157% for adults ages 25-29, 243% for those ages 30-34, 346% for those ages 35-39, and 546% for those ages 40-44. Even the arrest rates for adults ages 60-64 increased 348%.
Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book
. Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/crime/qa05308.asp?qaDate=2010.
Released on April 17, 2013.
Data Source: Arrest estimates developed by the Bureau of Justice Statistics and disseminated through “Arrest Data Analysis Tool.” Online. Available from the BJS
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