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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 61% from 1994 through 2011.

Juvenile Arrest Rates for Robbery, 1980-2011

Year Total
1980 145.1
1981 146.5
1982 137.5
1983 129.7
1984 121.9
1985 121.9
1986 119.4
1987 110.6
1988 116.9
1989 137.7
1990 145.4
1991 158.6
1992 159.3
1993 167.5
1994 183.5
1995 181.9
1996 159.9
1997 126.9
1998 106.2
1999 91.5
2000 83.5
2001 79.4
2002 72.7
2003 74.1
2004 74.0
2005 84.4
2006 101.3
2007 100.2
2008 103.7
2009 93.9
2010 80.8
2011 70.9

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 (32%) since 2008, the rate in 2011 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. 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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