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Arrests involving Hispanic youth
Across offenses, Hispanic youth account for a relatively small proportion (10%-22%) of juvenile arrests known to law enforcement.

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

Most serious offense Total Hispanic White* Black* American
Indian*
Asian/
Pacific Islander*
All offenses 100.0% 14.9% 53.6% 28.4% 2.0% 1.0%
Violent Crime Index 100.0% 12.2% 39.8% 46.1% 1.1% 0.8%
Murder 100.0% 15.1% 19.8% 61.3% 2.8% 0.9%
Violent sex offense 100.0% 12.8% 58.8% 26.5% 1.0% 0.9%
Robbery 100.0% 10.4% 14.9% 73.1% 0.8% 0.8%
Aggravated assault 100.0% 12.8% 44.5% 40.7% 1.3% 0.7%
Simple assault 100.0% 12.4% 47.8% 37.7% 1.4% 0.7%
Other person offense 100.0% 10.0% 53.4% 35.3% 0.7% 0.6%
Property Crime Index 100.0% 13.7% 51.9% 31.3% 1.7% 1.4%
Burglary 100.0% 12.3% 46.6% 39.3% 0.9% 1.0%
Larceny 100.0% 14.0% 52.7% 30.0% 1.9% 1.5%
Motor vehicle theft 100.0% 15.0% 50.0% 30.4% 2.9% 1.6%
Arson 100.0% 11.1% 66.0% 21.6% 0.9% 0.4%
Vandalism 100.0% 15.5% 62.0% 20.3% 1.6% 0.7%
Trespass 100.0% 16.7% 47.3% 33.7% 0.9% 1.4%
Stolen property offense 100.0% 13.8% 40.6% 42.5% 2.2% 1.0%
Fraud 100.0% 11.3% 54.3% 31.3% 2.6% 0.5%
Other property offense 100.0% 10.4% 56.4% 31.9% 0.6% 0.6%
Disorderly Conduct 100.0% 17.3% 40.9% 39.0% 2.1% 0.8%
Drug law violations 100.0% 16.3% 63.5% 17.6% 1.6% 1.0%
Weapons law violations 100.0% 18.0% 41.6% 38.1% 1.0% 1.2%
DUI 100.0% 13.6% 79.2% 4.1% 2.4% 0.7%
Drunkenness 100.0% 17.5% 67.2% 11.7% 2.2% 1.3%
Liquor law violations 100.0% 12.7% 76.0% 5.5% 4.7% 1.1%
Family offense (non-violent) 100.0% 14.2% 64.2% 12.6% 8.1% 0.9%
Curfew 100.0% 17.4% 52.6% 26.6% 2.4% 1.0%
Runaway 100.0% 22.0% 47.8% 26.2% 2.8% 1.3%
All other offenses 100.0% 15.5% 56.4% 24.5% 2.4% 1.1%

Note: *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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  • Hispanic youth accounted for about one of every five juvenile arrests for running away, and about one of every six juvenile arrests for vandalism, trespass, disorderly conduct, drug law violations, weapons law violations, drunkenness, and curfew violations.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/special_topics/qa10505.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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