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OJJDP Bulletin Summarizes Juvenile Arrests

December 21, 2011

Cover: Juvenile Arrests 2009

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention has released Juvenile Arrests, 2009.

Part of the Juvenile Offenders and Victims National Report Series, this bulletin summarizes 2009 juvenile crimes and arrest data reported by law enforcement agencies across the country and cited in the FBI report, Crime in the United States 2009. Juvenile arrests for violent offenses declined 10% between 2008 and 2009, and overall juvenile arrests fell 9% during that same period. Between 1994—when the Violent Crime Index arrest rates for juveniles hit a historic high—and 2009, the rate fell nearly 50% to its lowest level since at least 1980. Arrest rates for nearly every offense category for both male and female and white and minority youth were down in 2009. However, during 2000–2009, juvenile arrests for robbery rose 15%, and arrest rates for murder were unchanged, so juvenile crime and violence continue to plague many communities.

Resources:

Juvenile Arrests, 2009 (NCJ 236477) is available online at www.ojjdp.gov/pubs/236477.pdf

 

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