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Juvenile Arrest Rate Trends
Between 1989 and 2011, the juvenile arrest rate for motor vehicle theft fell 88%, so that the rate in 2011 was at its lowest level since at least 1980.

Juvenile Arrest Rates for Motor Vehicle Theft, 1980-2011

Year Total
1980 201.6
1981 169.8
1982 156.8
1983 142.3
1984 149.7
1985 180.8
1986 217.5
1987 244.1
1988 304.7
1989 343.5
1990 333.2
1991 323.1
1992 305.2
1993 299.0
1994 295.5
1995 265.9
1996 234.9
1997 208.7
1998 167.3
1999 154.5
2000 153.6
2001 144.5
2002 135.8
2003 130.7
2004 115.3
2005 110.4
2006 100.6
2007 85.9
2008 73.3
2009 59.0
2010 46.8
2011 41.8

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 motor vehicle theft more than doubled between 1983 and 1989, up 141%.
  • After the 1989 peak, the juvenile arrest rate for motor vehicle theft declined steadily through 2011, falling 88%.
  • This large decline in juvenile arrests outpaced declines in adult arrests. Between 2002 and 2011, the number of juvenile motor vehicle theft arrests fell 69%, while adult motor vehicle theft arrests decreased 49%.


Internet Citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available:
http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/crime/JAR_Display.asp?ID=qa05209. 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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