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Law Enforcement & Juvenile Crime
Juvenile Arrest Rate Trends
After reaching a peak in 1996, the juvenile arrest rate for curfew and loitering violations declined 61% through 2011, resting at its lowest level since at least 1980.

Juvenile Arrest Rates for Curfew and Loitering, 1980-2011

Year Total
1980 229.4
1981 311.1
1982 305.6
1983 256.4
1984 301.7
1985 287.5
1986 307.3
1987 321.5
1988 261.6
1989 284.0
1990 294.2
1991 333.5
1992 317.0
1993 341.5
1994 428.1
1995 490.3
1996 593.9
1997 577.6
1998 587.5
1999 515.6
2000 469.7
2001 428.0
2002 417.8
2003 400.6
2004 401.8
2005 409.9
2006 444.4
2007 416.7
2008 391.0
2009 333.0
2010 281.2
2011 229.4

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 2011, the juvenile arrest rate for curfew and loitering violations was cut in half, falling 61% over the period.
  • One-fourth (25%) of juvenile arrests for curfew and loitering violations in 2011 involved a youth under age 15, and 30% involved a female.


Internet Citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available:
http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/crime/JAR_Display.asp?ID=qa05219. February 25, 2014.

 

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