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Delinquency cases involving Hispanic youth
The delinquency caseload for Hispanic youth had larger proportions of public order offenses and males compared with the caseloads involving white and black youth.

Characteristics of delinquency cases by race/ethnicity, 2018

Hispanic White* Black* American Indian Asian*
Number of delinquency cases 137,200 326,900 258,500 13,500 8,300
Most serious offense 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
Person 30% 29% 34% 30% 28%
Property 27% 30% 33% 33% 33%
Drugs 17% 17% 7% 17% 15%
Public order 26% 24% 25% 20% 24%
 
Sex 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
Male 76% 72% 73% 66% 74%
Female 24% 28% 27% 34% 26%
 
Age at referral 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
Under 15 30% 33% 33% 38% 28%
Age 15 21% 20% 22% 20% 21%
Age 16 25% 24% 25% 22% 24%
Age 17+ 25% 23% 20% 20% 28%

Note: *Excludes persons of Hispanic ethnicity. Hispanic youth can be of any race. The American Indian race category also includes Alaskan Native youth. The Asian race category also includes Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander youth.

Percents may not sum to 100% due to rounding.

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  • The offense profile of cases involving Hispanic youth was similar to the profile of cases involving white youth.
  • The Hispanic caseload included a larger proportion of drug offense cases than the caseload involving black youth.
  • In 2018, more than three-fourths (76%) of the Hispanic caseload involved males, compared with 73% of cases involving black youth, 72% of cases involving white youth, 74% for Asian youth, and 66% for American Indian youth.
  • The Hispanic and white caseloads had smaller proportions of youth ages 15 and under (51% and 53%, respectively) compared with the black caseload (55%).

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/special_topics/qa10603.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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