Young people in Alabama and around the country have a much greater risk of being arrested than do older adults, according to a study. People who are younger than age 26 are much likelier to be arrested, and the rates of arrest for women and Caucasian people are increasing the fastest.
Researchers with the RAND Corporation conducted the study. The researchers found that people who were between the ages of 26 and 35 were 3.6 times likelier to have been arrested than people who were over the age of 66.
The education level of the people was correlated with the likelihood of arrest. Among men between the ages of 26 and 35 who had less than a high school education, 60 percent had been arrested. By contrast, 23 percent of men in the same age group who had graduated from college had been arrested. Among women who were older than age 66, just one out of 100 had been arrested prior to reaching age 26. By contrast, one out of every seven women who were between the ages of 26 and 35 had been arrested prior to reaching age 26.
People who are charged with misdemeanors or felonies may face long-lasting consequences. While convictions can lead to incarceration, probation, fines, and other penalties, the collateral consequences may extend long after the sentences are completed. People may have trouble securing college loans, gaining approval for rentals, or finding employment. People who are charged with crimes might want to seek help from experienced criminal defense lawyers as soon as possible after they have been charged. The attorneys may be able to negotiate favorable plea offers or win dismissal of the charges against their clients.
Source: Study Finds, "Young Americans nearly 4X more likely to have been arrested than older adults", Ben Renner, March 7, 2019