According to a new study, 50 percent of all black males and approximately 40 percent of all white males in the United States are arrested by their 23rd birthday; an issue which can hurt their ability to find work, go to school, and participate fully in their communities. The study, published in the journal Crime & Delinquency on Monday, January 6th.
The study’s key findings include:
- By age 18, 30 percent of black males, 26 percent of Hispanic males and 22 percent of white males have been arrested.
- By age 23, 49 percent of black males, 44 percent of Hispanic males and 38 percent of white males have been arrested.
- While the prevalence of arrest increased for females from age 18 to 23, the variation between races was slight. At age 18, arrest rates were 12 percent for white females and 11.8 percent and 11.9 percent for Hispanic and black females, respectively. By age 23, arrest rates were 20 percent for white females and 18 percent and 16 percent for Hispanic and black females, respectively.