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ERIC Number: ED446167
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Mar
Pages: 19
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Dispelling the Myth: An Analysis of Youth and Adult Crime Patterns in California over the Past 20 Years. Policy Report.
Males, Mike; Macallair, Dan
To examine the theory of growing criminality among today's youths, this study analyzes youth and adult crime rates in California from 1975 to 1991. Data were obtained from the California Department of Justice for arrest statistics by age, race, ethnicity, sex, and offense, statewide and by county and from the state department of finance. From 1978 to 1998, teenagers showed a major decline in arrests, while young adults showed a minor increase, and adults aged 30 years and older showed major increases in felony arrests. Different population groups showed sharply different rates of felony arrest. Among white teenagers, murder rates and trends resembled those for adults, but murder rates among Black, Latino, and Asian youth showed large cycles with sharp increases in the early 1980s and early 1990s. The analysis of official crime statistics shows that today's teenagers are not more criminally prone than past generations. The popular claim that the rising teen population means more crime and violence is a myth. An appendix contains two tables of California arrest rates. (SLD)
Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice, 1622 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94103. Tel: 415-621-5661; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: California Wellness Foundation.
Authoring Institution: Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice, San Francisco, CA.
Identifiers - Location: California