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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.

Simple assault arrests per 100,000 population, 1980, 1997, 2012

Age 1980 1997 2012
10 to 12 69.1 236.2 142.1
13 to 14 265.8 870.4 579.8
Age 15 396.8 1,122.8 797.5
Age 16 461.2 1,275.2 870.2
Age 17 530.8 1,249.5 846.3
Age 18 547.7 1,271.2 778.6
Age 19 544.5 1,214.8 826.0
Age 20 563.8 1,207.2 873.5
Age 21 573.7 1,279.4 963.2
Age 22 549.9 1,252.5 957.5
Age 23 539.7 1,243.0 952.5
Age 24 514.9 1,209.4 942.7
25 to 29 423.4 1,063.0 849.3
30 to 34 312.1 962.6 722.3
35 to 39 250.9 792.1 566.5
40 to 44 196.5 537.7 475.2
45 to 49 140.6 322.8 390.2
50 to 54 89.8 192.3 268.9
55 to 59 55.0 123.1 147.9
60 to 64 33.9 75.4 77.5
  • 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.