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Juvenile Arrest Rate Trends
Like the other Violent Crime Index offenses, the juvenile arrest rate for robbery declined substantially after its mid-1990s peak, falling 65% from 1994 through 2012.

Juvenile Arrest Rates for Robbery, 1980-2012

Juvenile Arrest Rates for Robbery

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 contrast with the juvenile arrest rates for other violent crimes, the rate for robbery declined through much of the 1980s, reaching a low point in 1987.
  • Then, like the violent crime arrest rate in general, by the mid-1990s the juvenile robbery arrest rate grew to a point greater than the 1980 level.
  • The juvenile robbery arrest rate declined substantially (60%) between 1994 and 2002, then increased through 2008 (43%).
  • Following the decline (38%) since 2008, the rate in 2012 was at its lowest point since 1980.

Internet Citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available:
http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/crime/JAR_Display.asp?ID=qa05204. December 09, 2014.

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


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