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Law Enforcement & Juvenile Crime
Juvenile Arrest Rate Trends
Following a steady decline since 2006, the juvenile Violent Crime Index arrest rate reached a new historic low-point in 2014.

Juvenile Arrest Rates for Violent Crime Index Offenses, 1980-2014

Year Total
1980 295.4
1981 296.8
1982 293.7
1983 279.4
1984 278.8
1985 292.5
1986 303.6
1987 295.4
1988 333.5
1989 386.5
1990 411.3
1991 433.6
1992 449.9
1993 470.4
1994 497.4
1995 486.6
1996 431.2
1997 391.9
1998 353.2
1999 319.6
2000 298.7
2001 289.6
2002 272.2
2003 267.5
2004 263.9
2005 276.7
2006 290.3
2007 280.2
2008 280.3
2009 253.3
2010 224.5
2011 202.4
2012 182.4

2013 168.4
2014 157.8

Note: Rates are arrests of persons ages 10-17 per 100,000 persons ages 10-17 in the resident population. The Violent Crime Index includes the offenses of murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault.

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Internet Citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available:
http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/crime/JAR_Display.asp?ID=qa05201. December 13, 2015.

Data source: Arrest estimates for 1980-2012 developed by the Bureau of Justice Statistics and disseminated through "Arrest Data Analysis Tool." Online. Available from the BJS website.

Arrest estimates for 2013 and 2014 developed by the National Center for Juvenile Justice based on data published in the FBI's Crime in the United States reports [Tables 29, 39, and 40]. These are preliminary estimates that will be updated upon release of final estimates on the Bureau of Justice Statistics’ Arrest Data Analysis Tool.

 

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