According to a new study published in the Crime & Delinquency journal, 50 percent of black males and almost 40 percent of white males in the country are arrested at least once by the age of 23.
The findings shows a connection between the risks of arrest and race and gender.
The study analyzed national survey data from 1997 to 2008 of teenagers and young adults, and their arrest histories, which range from truancy and underage drinking to more serious and violent offenses.
According to Robert Brame, a criminology professor at the University of South Carolina and the study’s lead author, the most striking finding of the study is the race difference. The research pointed to a higher prevalence of arrest among black males but found little race variation in arrest rates among females.
The study found that by 18 years old, 30 percent of black males, 26 percent of Hispanic males and 22 percent of white males have been arrested. By age 23, those percentages increase for black males to 49 percent, 44 percent for Hispanics and 38 percent for whites.
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