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Delinquency cases involving Hispanic youth
Of the delinquency cases involving Hispanic youth in 2018, nearly one in four involved a female, while three in ten involved youth ages 15 or younger.

Demographic profile of delinquency cases involving Hispanic youth, by offense, 2018

Most serious offense Number of
cases
Females Under
age 15
Age 15 Age 16 Age 17+
Total 137,200 24% 30% 21% 25% 25%
Person offenses 41,100 28% 37% 20% 22% 21%
 Violent Crime Index* 11,500 15% 27% 20% 25% 28%
  Criminal homicide 200 14% 13% 21% 29% 37%
  Rape 1,400 1% 38% 18% 21% 24%
  Robbery 3,600 11% 18% 22% 29% 31%
  Aggravated assault 6,300 21% 30% 20% 23% 27%
 Simple assault 26,400 35% 40% 20% 21% 19%
 Other violent sex offenses 1,000 4% 52% 21% 14% 13%
 Other person offenses 2,200 24% 40% 20% 21% 19%
Property offenses 37,100 23% 30% 22% 25% 24%
 Property Crime Index** 25,900 26% 28% 22% 25% 25%
  Burglary 8,000 13% 27% 22% 24% 27%
  Larceny-theft 14,400 34% 29% 21% 26% 24%
  Motor vehicle theft 3,200 21% 24% 25% 27% 24%
  Arson 300 16% 56% 18% 11% 15%
 Vandalism 6,000 16% 38% 20% 21% 21%
 Trespassing 3,500 21% 32% 24% 26% 18%
 Stolen property offenses 900 11% 20% 23% 25% 32%
 Other property offenses 700 26% 28% 20% 23% 30%
Drug law violations 23,200 21% 23% 20% 28% 28%
Public order offenses 35,800 23% 26% 21% 25% 29%
 Obstruction of justice 19,300 23% 19% 21% 28% 32%
 Disorderly conduct 5,800 36% 40% 23% 20% 17%
 Weapons offenses 4,100 8% 29% 18% 24% 30%
 Liquor law violations 1,200 27% 16% 15% 22% 47%
 Nonviolent sex offenses 2,000 18% 39% 21% 16% 24%
 Other public order offenses 3,400 24% 31% 19% 22% 28%

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.

Percents may not sum to 100% due to rounding.



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  • Hispanic female youth accounted for one-third or more of all Hispanic delinquency cases involving simple assault, larceny-theft, and disorderly conduct offenses.
  • Hispanic youth under age 15 accounted for more than half of all delinquency cases involving arson.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/special_topics/qa10604.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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