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Arrest rates in the US continue to increase

Statistics show that the number of arrests for petty crimes is increasing in California and across the nation. This has caused concern with some justice reform advocates because being arrested and convicted of a crime can cast a major shadow over a person's life, reducing their income and limiting their options.

Arrest rates show that young people today are much more likely to be arrested than their grandparents. One study suggests that Americans between the ages of 26 and 35 are 3.6 times more likely to be arrested by 26 than their grandparents. Statistics show that 6.4% of individuals in the United States born before the year 1949 have been arrested. However, 23% of those born between 1979 and 1988 have been arrested. And the arrest rate continues to rise with younger generations.

Many of the apprehensions are for petty crimes, such as underage drinking. About 9% of arrests for men are related to drugs. For women, 8% of arrests are for drug crimes. Many feel that a growing criminalization of youth in America is increasing the arrest rates for both men and women of all races. Black men still continue to suffer the most. However, the arrest rate for white males has surged recently. The arrest rate of women has also increased, going from one in 100 to one in seven.

Being arrested and convicted of a crime can have a huge impact on a person's life. They may be less likely to marry and have their educational and career opportunities seriously limited. An individual who is being accused of a crime may wish to speak with a criminal law attorney. The attorney could offer a criminal defense and answer questions about conviction, acquittal and plea negotiations.

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