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Juvenile Arrest Rate Trends
The juvenile arrest rate for burglary declined consistently and substantially (75%) between 1980 and 2011.

Juvenile Arrest Rates for Burglary, 1980-2011

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 2011, down 75%.
  • The large decline in juvenile burglary arrests from 1980 through 2011 was not replicated in the adult statistics. For example, between 2002 and 2011, the number of juvenile burglary arrests fell 28%, while adult burglary arrests increased 16%.
  • In 1980, 45% of all burglary arrests were arrests of a juvenile; in 2011, reflecting the greater decline in juvenile arrests, just 21% 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. 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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