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Juvenile Arrest Rate Trends
The juvenile arrest rate for simple assault declined steadily since 2004-falling 29% through 2012.

Juvenile Arrest Rates for Simple Assault, 1980-2012

Juvenile Arrest Rates for Simple Assault

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 simple assault increased 176% between 1980 and 1997, declined through 2002, then rose again through 2004. Following the decline since 2004, the 2012 rate was 32% below the 1997 peak.
  • Unlike the trend for simple assault, the juvenile aggravated assault arrest rate declined steadily since the mid-1990s, falling 62% between 1994 and 2012.
  • As a result of these divergent trends, a greater percentage of assaults that law enforcement handled in recent years has been for less serious offenses. In 1980, there were 2 juvenile arrests for simple assault for every 1 juvenile arrest for aggravated assault; by 2012, this ratio approached 5-to-1, with most of this growth occurring after the mid-1990s.

Internet Citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available:
http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/crime/JAR_Display.asp?ID=qa05211. 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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