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Juvenile Arrest Rate Trends
Following 4 consecutive years of decline, the juvenile arrest rate for murder in 2011 was at its lowest point since at least 1980.

Juvenile Arrest Rates for Murder, 1980-2011

Year Total
1980 5.8
1981 6.6
1982 6.1
1983 5.1
1984 4.6
1985 5.3
1986 5.9
1987 6.4
1988 8.5
1989 9.8
1990 11.4
1991 11.9
1992 11.3
1993 12.8
1994 12.3
1995 10.7
1996 8.9
1997 7.6
1998 6.5
1999 4.4
2000 3.6
2001 3.8
2002 3.9
2003 3.7
2004 3.2
2005 3.7
2006 3.7
2007 3.9
2008 3.7
2009 3.5
2010 3.0
2011 2.5

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

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  • From the mid-1980s to the peak in 1993, the juvenile arrest rate for murder more than doubled.
  • Then, the juvenile arrest rate for murder declined through the mid-2000s, reaching a level in 2004 that was 75% less than the 1993 peak.
  • The growth in the juvenile murder arrest rate that began in 2004 was reversed in the last 4 years as the rate fell 36% since 2007, resting at a level that was 80% below its 1993 peak.


Internet Citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available:
http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/crime/JAR_Display.asp?ID=qa05202. February 25, 2014.

Adapted from Puzzanchera, C. (2013). Juvenile Arrests 2011. Washington, D.C.: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

 

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