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Law Enforcement & Juvenile Crime
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, 1980-2011

Year Males Females
1980 10,320.8 2,300.1
1981 10,244.1 2,322.2
1982 10,582.4 2,452.6
1983 9,654.3 2,326.9
1984 9,663.5 2,387.1
1985 10,194.7 2,552.5
1986 10,615.1 2,645.4
1987 10,661.7 2,754.1
1988 11,440.5 2,866.3
1989 11,554.4 2,899.6
1990 11,321.4 2,948.0
1991 11,679.6 3,023.1
1992 11,372.0 2,992.5
1993 11,570.5 3,223.8
1994 12,440.3 3,636.1
1995 12,475.4 3,744.5
1996 12,686.6 4,029.5
1997 12,172.6 4,028.3
1998 10,911.8 3,735.8
1999 9,884.2 3,455.5
2000 9,415.2 3,409.8
2001 8,905.6 3,351.3
2002 8,849.9 3,474.8
2003 8,619.7 3,401.5
2004 8,392.4 3,477.3
2005 8,302.4 3,384.8
2006 8,597.0 3,415.2
2007 8,397.6 3,443.3
2008 8,142.1 3,405.8
2009 7,389.1 3,193.7
2010 6,702.0 2,918.2
2011 6,035.6 2,616.5

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 (35% vs. 52%) than the male rate.
  • Following a decline (28% for males and 24% for females) between 2007 and 2011, the male rate was 42% below its 1980 level. The female rate in 2011, however, was 14% above the 1980 rate.


Internet Citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available:
http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/crime/JAR_Display.asp?ID=qa05230. February 25, 2014.

 

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