Pittsburgh’s Trend Of Juvenile Arrests Explained In 4 Charts And Maps

Jun 28, 2018

More than 1,500 juveniles have been arrested in the City of Pittsburgh since August 2016, accounting for 7.4 percent of all arrests in the city during that time. 

Recent events have brought community attention to issues surrounding the interaction of police and youth in the Pittsburgh area. A 90.5 WESA analysis reveals that the case of 17-year-old Zaijuan Hester is reflective of broader trends. Minors arrested in Pittsburgh are most commonly black, male, and charged with assault. Here are four charts and maps showing the striking reality of juveniles arrested in Pittsburgh.

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Minors are frequently arrested for offenses such as assault, criminal conspiracy, and marijuana possession. Many are arrested for more than one offense. 

Note: Simple Assault Type A1 refers to a suspect intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causing bodily injury.
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Nearly 84 percent of juveniles who are arrested are black, despite only accounting for one-quarter of Pittsburgh's racial makeup. Black males in particular constitute the largest group of arrested youth by far, followed by black females, white males, and white females. 

Note: There were also six cases where the suspect's gender was not listed in the dataset.
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You can explore the following map to see where in Pittsburgh alleged crimes leading to the arrest of a minor occurred. Click on a point to see more information about the incident that took place there.

Data for all charts and maps is from the Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center and City of Pittsburgh Police. More information about the dataset is available here