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Age-specific Arrest Rate Trends
Q: What is the trend for age-specific arrest rates for simple assault?
A: Simple assault arrest rates in 2012 were nearly double their 1980 levels for most age groups.

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  • The peak year for juvenile simple assault arrest rates was 1997. Between 1980 and 1997, arrest rates for youth ages 15-17 increased an average of 165%. The rates also increased substantially for adults in their thirties. More specifically, the rates increased 208% for adults ages 30-34 and 216% for those ages 35-39.
  • Between 1997 and 2012, simple assault arrest rates declined for all groups under age 45. Specifically, the rates dropped 31% for youth ages 15-17, compared with 27% for adults ages 18-24, 20% for those ages 25-29, and 27% for those ages 30-39.
  • Overall from 1980 to 2012, the simple assault arrest rates for youth ages 15-17 increased 83%. In comparison, the rates increased less for young adults ages 18-24 (up 64%), but more for adults older than age 30. For example, the rates increased 131% for adults ages 30-34, 136% for adults ages 35-39, and 142% for those ages 40-44.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/crime/qa05306.asp?qaDate=2012. Released on December 16, 2014.

Data Source: Arrest estimates developed by the Bureau of Justice Statistics and disseminated through “Arrest Data Analysis Tool.” Online. Available from the BJS website. Retrieved October 14, 2014.


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