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Law Enforcement & Juvenile Crime
Juvenile Arrest Rate Trends
The juvenile arrest rate for all offenses reached its highest level in the last two decades in 1996, and then declined 48% by 2011.

Juvenile Arrest Rates for All Crimes, 1980-2011

Year Total
1980 6,396.6
1981 6,370.2
1982 6,607.7
1983 6,073.9
1984 6,110.1
1985 6,466.0
1986 6,728.5
1987 6,808.2
1988 7,263.8
1989 7,339.1
1990 7,244.6
1991 7,466.4
1992 7,294.5
1993 7,509.3
1994 8,157.2
1995 8,228.3
1996 8,476.1
1997 8,211.3
1998 7,421.4
1999 6,757.2
2000 6,493.6
2001 6,202.2
2002 6,232.4
2003 6,078.1
2004 5,998.2
2005 5,907.1
2006 6,072.8
2007 5,983.5
2008 5,833.6
2009 5,343.8
2010 4,857.1
2011 4,367.0

Note: Rates are arrests of persons ages 10-17 per 100,000 persons ages 10-17 in the resident population.

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  • In 2011, there were 4,367 arrests for every 100,000 youths ages 10 through 17 in the United States.
  • The overall juvenile arrest rate was 32% lower in 2011 than in 1980.


Internet Citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available:
http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/crime/JAR_Display.asp?ID=qa05200. February 25, 2014.

 

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