Many people in Texas are arrested for criminal offenses every year. Anyone can face criminal charges, but a new study shows that race plays a factor in the likelihood of young male adults getting arrested in the United States.
The study found that gender and race play a significant role in the chances of being arrested by the age of 23, according to researchers at the University of South Carolina who used data from the U.S. Department of Labor to compare arrest rates of men and women between the ages of 18 and 23.
The study found that young men are 50 percent more likely to be arrested between the ages of 18 and 23 compared to young females. The study also found that the race of males played a role in the likelihood of getting arrested by the age of 23.
The study reported that 30 percent of African-American males had an arrest by the age of 18. The percentage of African-American men arrested by the age of 23 increased to 49 percent. By the age of 18, 26 percent of Hispanic males had an arrest. This jumped to 44 percent by the time they reached the age of 23.
How do these figures compared to non-Hispanic white males in the U.S.? The study reported that 22 percent of white males had an arrest by the age of 18. This number jumped to 38 percent by the age 23.
The researchers said their findings show that males between the ages of 18 to 23 are more likely to get arrested as their arrest rate increased by almost 60 percent during this age period. Interestingly, the study did not find a difference between female racial groups and their chances of being arrested between the ages of 18 and 23.
The finding that race and age play a role in arrests among males is a troubling sign. The study did not look into the types of charges men were most likely to face but the finding that African-American males have a higher rate of arrest could mean that racial profiling is still being used by law enforcement. Young males facing criminal charges should be aware of the bias they may face by police and during interrogations and be aware of the ways they can protect their civil rights.