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Law Enforcement & Juvenile Crime
Juvenile Arrest Rate Trends
Following a relatively steady decline since 2007, the juvenile arrest rate for murder in 2014 returned to its lowest point since at least 1980.

Juvenile Arrest Rates for Murder, 1980-2014

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
2012 2.2

2013 2.4
2014 2.2

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

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