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Delinquency cases involving Hispanic youth
Simple assault and drug law violations combined to account for more than one-third of delinquency cases involving Hispanic youth in 2018.

Offense profile of delinquency cases involving Hispanic youth, 2018

Most serious offense Number of cases Percent
Total 137,200 100%
Person offenses 41,100 30%
 Violent Crime Index* 11,500 8%
  Criminal homicide 200 0%
  Rape 1,400 1%
  Robbery 3,600 3%
  Aggravated assault 6,300 5%
 Simple assault 26,400 19%
 Other violent sex offenses 1,000 1%
 Other person offenses 2,200 2%
Property offenses 37,100 27%
 Property Crime Index** 25,900 19%
  Burglary 8,000 6%
  Larceny-theft 14,400 10%
  Motor vehicle theft 3,200 2%
  Arson 300 0%
 Vandalism 6,000 4%
 Trespassing 3,500 3%
 Stolen property offenses 900 1%
 Other property offenses 700 1%
Drug law violations 23,200 17%
Public order offenses 35,800 26%
 Obstruction of justice 19,300 14%
 Disorderly conduct 5,800 4%
 Weapons offenses 4,100 3%
 Liquor law violations 1,200 1%
 Nonviolent sex offenses 2,000 1%
 Other public order offenses 3,400 2%

Note: *Violent Crime Index includes criminal homicide, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault.
**Property Crime Index includes burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson cases.

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  • Property Crime Index offenses (in particular burglary and larceny-theft) accounted for the largest proportion of Hispanic cases in 2018, while cases involving Violent Crime Index offenses constituted a much smaller proportion of the caseload, 19% versus 8%, respectively.
  • Combined, aggravated and simple assault cases accounted for nearly one-fourth (24%) of the Hispanic delinquency caseload in 2018.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/special_topics/qa10601.asp?qaDate=2018. Released on March 31, 2020.

Adapted from Easy Access to Juvenile Court Statistics. Available on-line at: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/ezajcs/.

Data Source: National Juvenile Court Data Archive. National Center for Juvenile Justice. Pittsburgh, PA.


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