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Juvenile Arrest Rate Trends
After reaching a peak in 1996, the juvenile arrest rate for curfew and loitering violations declined 65% through 2012, resting at its lowest level since at least 1980.

Juvenile Arrest Rates for Curfew and Loitering, 1980-2012

Juvenile Arrest Rates for Curfew and Loitering

Note: Rates are arrests of persons ages 10-17 per 100,000 persons ages 10-17 in the resident population.

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  • After years of stability, the juvenile arrest rate for curfew and loitering violations more than doubled between 1990 and 1996.
  • Between 1996 and 2012, the juvenile arrest rate for curfew and loitering violations was cut in half, falling 65% over the period.
  • More than one-fourth (28%) of juvenile arrests for curfew and loitering violations in 2012 involved a youth under age 15, and 29% involved a female.

Internet Citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available:
http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/crime/JAR_Display.asp?ID=qa05219. December 09, 2014.


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