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Crime, Arrest and Incarceration - A Comparison of Washington and Other States

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Date Published
July 1983
This report compares Washington State's experience with the felony criminal process to that of other States and the District of Columbia (D.C.)

Washington has a fairly high percentage of males 18-39 compared to other States and D.C. The State ranked seventh out of 51 in the 1980 U.S. census. In terms of total reported crime for 1981, Washington ranked 13th and has continued to exceed the national average since 1968. Except for the crime of forcible rape (eighth-ranked) in 1981, Washington has ranked 26th in reported crimes of violence. Reports of aggravated assault have shown a steady increase in both Washington State and the country as a whole for 1960 to 1980. In 1981 there was a slight decline. Reported crimes of burglary (12th-ranked) and larceny (9th-ranked) caused Washington State to be well above the national average of 1981 in the property crimes category. Arrest rate comparisons indicate that Washington arrests are generally in proportion to the incidence of reported crime. On the basis of the male population nationwide, Washington State experiences an average incarceration rate. It ranks 26th on this comparative basis. Charts, graphs, and maps comprise the bulk of the material.

Date Published: July 1, 1983