Nearly 50 percent of Black men and 40 percent of white men are arrested at least once on non-trafﬁc-related crimes by the time they turn 23, according to a new study published in the January 2104 issue of the journal “Crime & Delinquency”.
The peer-reviewed estimates didn’t rely on arrest records but instead on an annual federal Bureau of Labor Statistics survey of about 7,000 young people who answered questions each year from 1997 to 2008 on a range of issues — including if they had ever been taken into custody for something other than a trafﬁc offense.
Self-reported crimes ranged from underage drinking to violent assaults.
The authors found that by age 18, 30 percent of Black men, 26 percent of Hispanic men and 22 percent of white men have been arrested.
By 23, those numbers climb to 49 percent for Black men, 44 percent for Hispanic men and 38 percent for white men.
Among women, 20 percent of Blacks, 18 percent of whites and 16 percent of Hispanics were arrested at least once by age 23.