Trends in Adolescent Female Crime

Suzanne Agha, Pennsylvania State University
Darrell Steffensmeier, The Pennsylvania State University

This paper addresses the issue of trends in adolescent female crime and delinquency. Claims that adolescent female crime is rising and increasing faster or catching up with male rates is frequently asserted. The principal goal of this paper is to examine trends in adolescent female delinquency over the past two decades. Our analysis includes multiple data sources on female crime including both official (UCR arrests) and unofficial (Monitoring the Future) sources. Material presented will include male and female rates, female share of offending and offender-profile percentages.

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