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Juvenile Arrest Rate Trends
The juvenile arrest rate for burglary declined consistently and substantially (78%) between 1980 and 2012.

Juvenile Arrest Rates for Burglary, 1980-2012

Juvenile Arrest Rates for Burglary

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

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  • Unique in the set of Property Crime Index offenses, the juvenile arrest rate for burglary declined consistently and fell substantially between 1980 and 2012, down 78%.
  • The large decline in juvenile burglary arrests from 1980 through 2012 was not replicated in the adult statistics. For example, between 2003 and 2012, the number of juvenile burglary arrests fell 36%, while adult burglary arrests increased 11%.
  • In 1980, 45% of all burglary arrests were arrests of a juvenile; in 2012, reflecting the greater decline in juvenile arrests, just 19% of burglary arrests were juvenile arrests.

Internet Citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available:
http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/crime/JAR_Display.asp?ID=qa05207. 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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