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Law Enforcement & Juvenile Crime
Juvenile Arrest Rate Trends
Similar to the trends for other violent crimes, the juvenile arrest rate for aggravated assault reached a historic low in 2011.

Juvenile Arrest Rates for Aggravated Assault, 1980-2011

Year Total
1980 129.6
1981 128.5
1982 133.9
1983 128.0
1984 133.2
1985 145.6
1986 158.0
1987 158.4
1988 188.2
1989 217.2
1990 233.3
1991 240.7
1992 257.8
1993 268.8
1994 282.0
1995 275.7
1996 244.5
1997 240.3
1998 224.2
1999 209.1
2000 198.2
2001 192.9
2002 181.9
2003 177.5
2004 174.5
2005 177.0
2006 174.9
2007 165.6
2008 163.2
2009 146.8
2010 132.3
2011 120.6

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

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  • The juvenile arrest rate for aggravated assault doubled between 1980 and 1994 and then fell substantially and consistently through 2011, down 57% from its 1994 peak.
  • As a result of this decline, the rate in 2011 was at its lowest level since at least 1980. However, of the four Violent Crime Index offenses, only aggravated assault had a juvenile arrest rate in 2010 above the levels of the 1980s.


Internet Citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available:
http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/crime/JAR_Display.asp?ID=qa05205. 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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