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Law Enforcement & Juvenile Crime
Juvenile Arrest Rate Trends
The juvenile arrest rate for weapons law violations declined for the fifth consecutive year, falling 39% since 2006.

Juvenile Arrest Rates for Weapons Law Violations, 1980-2011

Year Total
1980 84.9
1981 89.2
1982 89.3
1983 85.2
1984 92.8
1985 104.2
1986 106.6
1987 105.9
1988 131.3
1989 142.1
1990 144.4
1991 172.6
1992 187.6
1993 208.1
1994 209.2
1995 185.7
1996 167.8
1997 164.1
1998 138.0
1999 126.1
2000 109.7
2001 109.7
2002 102.8
2003 113.4
2004 117.2
2005 129.8
2006 135.5
2007 125.9
2008 115.8
2009 98.9
2010 91.7
2011 82.7

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 39% through 2011. As a result, the rate in 2011 was at its lowest level since at least 1980 and 60% below its 1994 peak.
  • Declines in the juvenile arrest rate for weapons law violations were similar across demographic groups. Between 2006 and 2011, the rate declined 39% for males and 37% for females (37%) and fell 38% white youth and 36% for black youth.


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