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Juveniles as Offenders
Q: How does juvenile homicide offending vary by race?
A: The number of known juvenile murder offenders in 2013 was about one-fourth the number in 1993 for white and black youth.
Known juvenile homicide offenders by race, 1980-2013

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  • The number of known juvenile homicide offenders peaked in 1993 for black youth and 1994 for white youth. Between 1984 and their respective peaks, the number of known white juvenile murder offenders nearly doubled and the number of known black offenders quadrupled.
  • Since the their respective peaks, the number of known juvenile homicide offenders declined through the early 2000s for both race groups. By 2013, the number of known juvenile homicide offenders was at its lowest level of the 34-year period for white youth, and near its lowest level for black youth.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/offenders/qa03101.asp?qaDate=2013. Released on October 02, 2015.

Adapted from Puzzanchera, C., Chamberlin, G. and Kang, W. (2015). Easy Access to the FBI's Supplementary Homicide Reports: 1980-2013. Available on-line at: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/ezashr/.

Data Source: Federal Bureau of Investigation. Supplementary Homicide Reports for the years 19802013 [machine-readable data files]. Washington, D.C.: FBI.


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