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Law Enforcement & Juvenile Crime
Juvenile Arrest Rate Trends
The juvenile arrest rate for running away declined 67% between 1994 and 2009.

Juvenile Arrest Rates for Running Away, 1980-2011

Year Total
1980 489.6
1981 497.8
1982 461.7
1983 437.3
1984 508.3
1985 564.4
1986 584.8
1987 572.1
1988 601.7
1989 579.5
1990 628.8
1991 629.2
1992 627.3
1993 611.7
1994 825.0
1995 811.9
1996 625.8
1997 617.4
1998 512.4
1999 454.7
2000 428.6
2001 396.3
2002 369.1
2003 360.9
2004 346.7
2005 315.8
2006 330.8
2007 316.3
2008 319.8
2009 275.4
2010 n/a
2011 n/a

Note: Rates are arrests of persons ages 10-17 per 100,000 persons ages 10-17 in the resident population.
**As of data year 2010, the FBI no longer reports arrests for running away.

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  • In 2009, the runaway arrest rate was 275 per 100,000 youth ages 10 to 17 - 44% below the 1980 rate.
  • In 1994 and 1995 the arrest rates for running away were unusually high - nearly 50% higher on average than the rates for other years between 1980 and 1993.
  • More than half (55%) of juvenile arrests for running away in 2009 involved a female, and 31% involved youth under age 15.


Internet Citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available:
http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/crime/JAR_Display.asp?ID=qa05220. February 25, 2014.

 

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