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Arrests involving Hispanic youth
The offense profile of juvenile arrests involving Hispanic youth and non-Hispanic white youth are very similar.

Offense profile of juvenile arrests known to law enforcement, by race/ethnicity, 2012
(Subnational data)

Most serious offense Hispanic White* Black* American
Indian*
Asian/
Pacific Islander*
Total 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
Violent Crime Index 3.3% 3.0% 6.7% 2.2% 2.9%
  Murder 0.0% 0.0% 0.1% 0.1% 0.0%
  Violent sex offense 0.7% 0.9% 0.8% 0.4% 0.7%
  Robbery 0.7% 0.3% 2.7% 0.4% 0.7%
  Aggravated assault 1.8% 1.8% 3.1% 1.4% 1.4%
Simple assault 10.0% 10.6% 16.3% 8.4% 8.2%
Other person offense 1.1% 1.6% 2.1% 0.5% 1.0%
Property Crime Index 19.6% 20.6% 24.1% 18.2% 27.9%
  Burglary 2.7% 2.8% 4.6% 1.4% 3.1%
  Larceny 15.9% 16.6% 18.3% 15.6% 23.5%
  Motor vehicle theft 0.8% 0.7% 0.9% 1.1% 1.2%
  Arson 0.2% 0.4% 0.2% 0.1% 0.1%
Vandalism 4.4% 4.9% 3.1% 3.3% 2.7%
Trespass 2.8% 2.2% 3.0% 1.0% 3.2%
Stolen property offense 0.7% 0.6% 1.1% 0.8% 0.7%
Fraud 0.4% 0.5% 0.5% 0.6% 0.2%
Other property offense 0.0% 0.1% 0.1% 0.0% 0.0%
Disorderly conduct 9.0% 5.9% 10.9% 7.8% 5.9%
Drug law violations 12.5% 13.6% 7.3% 9.0% 11.2%
Weapons law violations 1.5% 1.0% 1.7% 0.6% 1.5%
DUI 0.7% 1.1% 0.1% 0.9% 0.5%
Drunkenness 0.9% 1.0% 0.3% 0.8% 1.0%
Liquor law violations 5.9% 9.8% 1.4% 16.0% 7.1%
Offenses against the family (non-violent) 0.3% 0.4% 0.1% 1.3% 0.3%
Curfew 4.2% 3.6% 3.5% 4.2% 3.6%
Runaway 7.8% 4.7% 5.0% 7.2% 6.7%
All other offenses 15.0% 15.1% 12.8% 17.2% 15.4%

Notes: *Race groups exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity. Hispanic youth can be of any race.

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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  • Arrests for disorderly conduct and running away accounted for a larger share of Hispanic juvenile arrests than they did for white youth.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/special_topics/qa10503.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.

 

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