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Juvenile Arrest Rate Trends
The juvenile arrest rate for weapons law violations declined for the sixth consecutive year, falling 46% since 2006.

Juvenile Arrest Rates for Weapons Law Violations, 1980-2012

Juvenile Arrest Rates for Weapons Law Violations

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% above the 1980 level.
  • Following an increase between 2002 and 2006, the juvenile weapons arrest rate fell 46% through 2012. As a result, the rate in 2012 was at its lowest level since at least 1980 and 65% below its 1994 peak.
  • Declines in the juvenile arrest rate for weapons law violations were similar across demographic groups. Between 2006 and 2012, the rate declined 46% for males and 49% for females and fell 46% white youth and 44% for black youth.

Internet Citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available:
http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/crime/JAR_Display.asp?ID=qa05213. 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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