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Juvenile Arrest Rate Trends
The juvenile arrest rate for larceny-theft reached a new historic low in 2012.

Juvenile Arrest Rates for Larceny-theft, 1980-2012

Juvenile Arrest Rates for Larceny-theft

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 larceny-theft generally increased between 1980 and the mid 1990s, then fell 52% between 1994 and 2006, reaching its lowest point since 1980. This decline reversed as the juvenile arrest rate for larceny-theft increased 18% through 2008.
  • Following four years of decline (down 29%), the juvenile arrest rate for larceny-theft in 2012 was at its lowest level in more than three decades, and 16% below the previous low point in 2006.
  • In 2012, 76% of all juvenile arrests for Property Crime Index offenses were for larceny-theft. Thus, juvenile Property Crime Index arrest trends largely reflect the pattern of larceny-theft arrests (which itself is dominated by shoplifting—the most common larceny-theft offense).

Internet Citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available:
http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/crime/JAR_Display.asp?ID=qa05208. 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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