Childrens Report Card

Sacramento County Childrens Coalition

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Juvenile Crime

Sacramento County has seen a decline in the number of juvenile crime arrests over the past decade.  However, a significant disparity in juvenile arrests remains between the various races/ethnicity's, particularly with the African American population.  African Americans account for 12% of the population age 10-17, but account for 40% of the juvenile arrests for the 10-17 age group (the level of this disparity is comparable to other indicators, such as poverty and school drop out rate).  Gang activity is perceived as a major problem, but the methods for tracking the extent of gang membership and activity need improvement.

Juvenile Arrests

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Why is this important

  • Crime impacts a community's stability and economic viability.
  • Youth involved in crime suffer consequences for their actions, jeopardizing both immediate and life long education, economic, and social interests.

How are we doing?

  • The number of juvenile arrests has declined by 36% since 2002.
  • Juvenile misdemeanor arrests have declined by 38% over the same time period.
  • The rate of juvenile felony arrests in Sacramento County are lower than California overall (8.7 v 9.7 arrests per 1,000 juveniles).
  • The rate of juvenile misdemeanor arrests are also lower in Sacramento County (16.2 v 18.9 arrests per 1,000 juveniles).

Juvenile Arrests by Race/Ethnicity

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Why is this important?

  • Such a dramatic disparity in arrests indicates substantial systemic issues that must be carefully examined and deliberately and strategically addressed.

How are we doing?

  • African Americans account for 12% of the juvenile population, but 40% of all juvenile arrests.
  • African American juveniles are arrested at nearly four times the rate of any other race/ethnicity.

Data Source for Juvenile Arrests: California Department of Justice

Data Source for Juvenile Arrest Rate by Race/Ethnicity: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

Last Updated on Friday, 28 June 2013 11:34