School-Related Arrests in the United States

Students of color are disproportionately affected by school disciplinary actions and arrests. Research shows this can lead to a higher probability of crime involvement and poverty. Data from the U.S. Department of Education shows the difference between how many K-12 public school students of color[1] are in school and how many are receiving school-related arrests across the country. Numbers are reflective of the 2013-14 school year.

Chart: School-Related Arrests in the United States
States Percent of students of color who received school-related arrests Percentage of students of color enrolled in K-12 public school
Alabama 80.3 43.1
Alaska 89.4 51.3
Arizona 72.1 58.9
Arkansas 49.2 36.2
California 80.1 75.1
Colorado 47.6 45.1
Connecticut 74.2 41.6
Delaware 63.6 52.1
Florida 69.2 59.1
Georgia 83.0 57.3
Hawaii 87.8 86.3
Idaho 27.2 23.0
Illinois 75.4 50.0
Indiana 47.4 28.5
Iowa 46.6 20.9
Kansas 47.9 34.1
Kentucky 45.3 20.4
Louisiana 76.0 52.9
Maine 8.0 9.0
Maryland 72.5 59.7
Massachusetts 58.4 35.1
Michigan 50.5 31.5
Minnesota 55.2 29.1
Mississippi 68.8 54.3
Missouri 29.4 24.5
Montana 39.9 19.8
Nebraska 37.4 31.1
Nevada 68.7 64.0
New Hampshire 22.7 12.0
New Jersey 58.8 49.8
New Mexico 80.3 75.4
New York 43.2 53.3
North Carolina 65.1 48.8
North Dakota 30.6 18.8
Ohio 62.1 26.6
Oklahoma 62.7 48.2
Oregon 46.4 35.8
Pennsylvania 58.5 31.0
Rhode Island 45.8 39.2
South Carolina 64.1 47.4
South Dakota 45.5 23.4
Tennessee 46.6 34.5
Texas 84.7 70.6
Utah 37.7 24.0
Vermont 43.1 8.8
Virginia 86.3 47.8
Washington 17.5 42.2
West Virginia 5.0 8.8
Wisconsin 27.7 27.6
Wyoming 44.4 20.8

Data source: U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, Civil Rights Data Collection, 2013-14, available at ocrdata.ed.gov.

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1 Students of color includes American Indian or Alaskan Native, Asian, Hispanic or Latino, of any race, Black or African American, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, and students of two or more races.


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