|Juvenile Arrest Rate Trends
Drug abuse violation arrest rates fell considerably for white youth (down 53%) and black youth (down 68%) between 2007 and 2019; the rate for black youth in 2019 was at its lowest level since at least 1980, and the rate for white youth was at its lowest level since the early 1990s.
|Note: Rates are arrests of persons ages 0-17 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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Internet Citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available:
November 16, 2020.
Data source: Arrest estimates for 1980-2014 developed by the Bureau of Justice Statistics and disseminated through "Arrest Data Analysis Tool." Online. Available from the BJS
Arrest estimates for 2015 through 2019 developed by the National Center for Juvenile Justice based on data published in the FBI's Crime in the United States reports. These are preliminary estimates that will be updated upon release of final estimates on the Bureau of Justice Statistics’ Arrest Data Analysis Tool.
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