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Arrests involving Hispanic youth
In 2012, three of every ten Hispanic juvenile arrests known to law enforcement involved a female and more than half involved a youth age 15 or younger.

Demographic profile of Hispanic juvenile arrests known to law enforcement, by offense, 2012
(Subnational data)

Most serious offense Number of
juvenile arrests
Female Under
age 15
Age 15 Age 16 Age 17
Total 42,349 30.1% 31.4% 20.6% 23.6% 24.4%
Violent Crime Index 1,397 13.8% 32.4% 19.0% 22.3% 26.3%
  Murder 16 6.3% 18.8% 12.5% 25.0% 43.8%
  Violent sex offense 309 1.6% 48.2% 18.4% 18.8% 14.6%
  Robbery 299 13.7% 17.1% 19.7% 26.8% 36.5%
  Aggravated assault 773 18.9% 32.3% 19.1% 21.9% 26.6%
Simple assault 4,214 38.0% 42.0% 20.6% 19.1% 18.3%
Other person offense 468 22.6% 37.8% 14.7% 21.6% 25.9%
Property Crime Index 8,306 33.5% 34.6% 20.4% 22.7% 22.2%
  Burglary 1,138 7.7% 32.3% 21.4% 22.1% 24.1%
  Larceny 6,732 39.2% 35.4% 19.9% 22.6% 22.1%
  Motor vehicle theft 335 16.1% 22.7% 26.0% 29.0% 22.4%
  Arson 101 6.9% 51.5% 22.8% 16.8% 8.9%
Vandalism 1,857 12.9% 41.4% 22.2% 17.5% 18.9%
Trespass 1,167 23.0% 29.6% 24.4% 25.4% 20.6%
Stolen property offense 293 12.6% 23.5% 20.1% 26.3% 30.0%
Fraud 149 27.5% 17.4% 12.8% 20.1% 49.7%
Other property offense 17 35.3% 29.4% 5.9% 11.8% 52.9%
Disorderly conduct 3,815 37.3% 44.7% 21.5% 19.0% 14.8%
Drug law violations 5,302 15.7% 22.9% 18.9% 26.3% 31.9%
Weapons law violations 642 6.7% 39.4% 16.8% 22.7% 21.0%
DUI 286 16.4% 2.8% 4.9% 24.5% 67.8%
Drunkenness 381 19.4% 14.4% 12.9% 19.9% 52.8%
Liquor law violations 2,502 32.6% 11.9% 16.5% 28.9% 42.7%
Offenses against the family (non-violent) 127 37.8% 40.9% 26.8% 23.6% 8.7%
Curfew 1,791 33.6% 27.7% 25.0% 29.3% 17.9%
Runaway 3,301 57.5% 35.7% 26.4% 24.8% 13.1%
All other offenses 6,334 26.9% 24.2% 20.3% 26.1% 29.5%

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.

  • In 2012, females accounted for one-third or more of Hispanic juvenile arrests involving: simple assault, larceny, disorderly conduct, liquor law violations, curfew, and running away.
  • Youth under age 15 accounted for more than half of all Hispanic juvenile arrests for arson in 2012, and 40% or more of juvenile arrests for: a violent sex offense, simple assault, vandalism, and disorderly conduct.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/special_topics/qa10502.asp?qaDate=2012. Released on March 13, 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.