Proportion of females arrested for drug crimes higher than males
There has been some good news and statistics in the juvenile-justice world recently. One is that juvenile-drug arrests fell to about 112,100 in 2014, down from 200,000 14 years earlier.
However, examining this stat more closely finds something disturbing. Call them girls, young women, females, whatever you prefer, they are now accounting for a larger percentage of juvenile drug arrests than their male counterparts. Also worrisome is, writes Jeffrey A. Butts of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in a recent brief, “the growing proportion of females among juvenile drug arrests was seen among arrests for drug manufacturing and sales as well as arrests for simple drug possession.”