|Juvenile Arrest Rate Trends
The juvenile arrest rate for weapons law violations declined for the fourth consecutive year, falling 32% since 2006.
Juvenile Arrest Rates for Weapons Law Violations, 1980-2010
|Note: Rates are arrests of persons ages 10-17 per 100,000 persons ages 10-17 in the resident population.
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- Between 1980 and 1994, the juvenile arrest rate for weapons law violations increased 146%. Then the rate fell substantially, so that by 2002 the rate was just 21% more than the 1980 level.
- Following an increase between 2002 and 2006, the juvenile weapons arrest rate fell 32% through 2010. As a result, the rate in 2010 was 8% above the 1980 level and 56% below its 1994 peak.
- Between 2006 and 2010, the rate declined more for males (33%) than for females (28%), and about the same for white (31%) and black (32%) youth.
Internet Citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available:
December 17, 2012.
Adapted from Puzzanchera, C. and Adams, B. (2012). Juvenile Arrests 2009
. Washington, D.C.: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
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