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Juvenile Arrest Rate Trends
The juvenile arrest rate for all crimes decreased substantially for both males and females since the peak in 1996, and is at the lowest level for males since 1980.

Juvenile Arrest Rates for All Crimes by Sex, 1980-2012

Juvenile Arrest Rates for All Crimes by Sex

Juvenile Arrest Rates for All Crimes by Sex

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

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  • Trends in the overall arrest rate followed similar patterns for female and male juveniles. For both groups, the rates increased between 1983 and 1996, and then declined through 2011. Since 1983, the female rate increased more (73% vs. 31%) and then declined less (42% vs. 57%) than the male rate.
  • Following a decline (35% for males and 32% for females) between 2007 and 2012, the male rate was 47% below its 1980 level and the female rate was just 2% above the 1980 rate.

Internet Citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available:
http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/crime/JAR_Display.asp?ID=qa05230. December 09, 2014.


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