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Law Enforcement & Juvenile Crime
Juvenile Arrest Rate Trends
After a period of increase between 1982 and 1994, the juvenile arrest rate for vandalism fell 59% between 1994 and 2011.

Juvenile Arrest Rates for Vandalism, 1980-2011

Year Total
1980 372.1
1981 350.3
1982 339.4
1983 340.5
1984 354.8
1985 378.5
1986 368.4
1987 379.6
1988 399.0
1989 415.4
1990 449.9
1991 478.5
1992 477.2
1993 465.8
1994 487.7
1995 437.2
1996 438.0
1997 418.8
1998 381.0
1999 343.7
2000 333.5
2001 304.6
2002 301.8
2003 303.3
2004 293.5
2005 297.6
2006 335.4
2007 319.2
2008 309.0
2009 263.8
2010 225.2
2011 199.6

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 vandalism rose 44% between 1982 and 1994, its peak year in the 1980-2011 period.
  • The rate declined 38% between 1994 and 2001, then was relatively stable through the mid-2000s. Following an increase between 2005-2006, the rate declined 40% by 2011, resting at a level 46% below that of 1980.
  • About 15% of juvenile arrests for vandalism were arrests of females in 2011 and 39% were arrests of youth under age 15.


Internet Citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available:
http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/crime/JAR_Display.asp?ID=qa05212. February 25, 2014.

 

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