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Half of black males in US arrested by age 23, study finds

Published on Jan 9, 2014 6:26 AM

CHARLESTON, South Carolina (REUTERS) - Almost half of black males and almost 40 per cent of white males are arrested in the United States by the time they are 23 years old, according to a study released this week.

In findings published in the journal Crime & Delinquency, researchers at several universities studied a representative sample of 7,335 people who reported that they had been arrested at a young age, said criminology professor Robert Brame at the University of South Carolina and lead author of the study.

Researchers found that more black and Hispanic men had been arrested as youths than white men for something other than a minor traffic violation. More men than women had been arrested by the time they are 23 years old.

By the time they reached 18 years old, 30 per cent of black and 26 per cent of Hispanic males compared to 22 per cent of white males had been arrested.

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