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Juvenile Arrest Rate Trends
In 2012, the juvenile male arrest rate for Violent Crime Index offenses was 4 times the female rate.

Juvenile Arrest Rates for Violent Crime Index Offenses by Sex, 1980-2012

Juvenile Arrest Rates for Violent Crime Index Offenses by Sex

Juvenile Arrest Rates for Violent Crime Index Offenses by Sex

Note: Rates are arrests of persons ages 10-17 per 100,000 persons ages 10-17 in the resident population. The Violent Crime Index includes the offenses of murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault.

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  • Between 1987 and 1994 the Violent Crime Index arrest rate more than doubled for females and increased 58% for males. However, declines since the mid-1990's have brought the rate in 2012 below the 1980 rate for males, but not for females. The 2012 arrest rate for females (72) remained 15% above the 1980 rate (62). The 2012 rate for males (288) was 44% below the 1980 rate (519).

Internet Citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available:
http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/crime/JAR_Display.asp?ID=qa05231. December 09, 2014.

Adapted from Puzzanchera, C. (2013). Juvenile Arrests 2011. Washington, D.C.: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.


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