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Arrests Involving Hispanic Youth
Larceny-theft accounted for about one of every six juvenile arrests involving Hispanic youth known to law enforcement in 2012.

Offense profile of Hispanic juvenile arrests known to law enforcement, 2012
(Subnational data)

Most serious offense Number of
juvenile arrests
Total 42,349 100%
Violent Crime Index 1,397 3.3%
  Murder 16 0.0%
  Violent sex offense 309 0.7%
  Robbery 299 0.7%
  Aggravated assault 773 1.8%
Simple assault 4,214 10.0%
Other person offense 468 1.1%
Property Crime Index 8,306 19.6%
  Burglary 1,138 2.7%
  Larceny 6,732 15.9%
  Motor vehicle theft 335 0.8%
  Arson 101 0.2%
Vandalism 1,857 4.4%
Trespass 1,167 2.8%
Stolen property offense 293 0.7%
Fraud 149 0.4%
Other property offense 17 0.0%
Disorderly Conduct 3,815 9.0%
Drug law violations 5,302 12.5%
Weapons law violations 642 1.5%
DUI 286 0.7%
Drunkenness 381 0.9%
Liquor law violations 2,502 5.9%
Offenses against the family (non-violent) 127 0.3%
Curfew 1,791 4.2%
Runaway 3,301 7.8%
All other offenses 6,334 15.0%

Note: This table is based on data originally collected by the FBI’s National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS), which relies on the voluntary participation of local law enforcement departments in the U.S. Not all departments that participate in NIBRS report data for a full year. In fact, about 10% of all participating departments reported data for less than 12 months in 2012. As a result, this table is based on data from departments that reported for a complete year. In 2012, nearly 5,400 law enforcement agencies contributed complete year arrest data to NIBRS. This table summarizes the data reported by these complete year reporting departments.

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  • Comparatively, less than 1% of all Hispanic juvenile arrests involved murder, robbery, or a violent sex offense.
  • Drug law violations accounted for a relatively large share (12.5%) of Hispanic juvenile arrests known to law enforcement, as did simple assault and disorderly conduct (each accounted for about 10% of Hispanic juvenile arrests).

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/special_topics/qa10501.asp?qaDate=2012. Released on April 27, 2015.

Data Source: National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (2014). National Incident-Based Reporting System, 2012: Arrestee Extract File. Study Number: ICPSR 35036. Distributed by the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research.


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