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Juvenile Arrest Rate Trends
Male arrests drove juvenile murder arrest rate trends between 1980 and 2012.

Juvenile Arrest Rates for Murder by Sex, 1980-2012

Juvenile Arrest Rates for Murder by Sex

Juvenile Arrest Rates for Murder 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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  • Male and female arrest rates for murder followed similar patterns between 1980 and 2011. The rate for females peaked in 1994, 62% above its 1980 level. For males, the peak year in the arrest rate for murder was 1993 - 123% above its 1980 level.
  • The rates declined since the mid 1990s so that by 2012, the rates for both were substantially below their levels of the early 1980s.
  • Females accounted for 9% of all juvenile murder arrests in 2012.

Internet Citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available:
http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/crime/JAR_Display.asp?ID=qa05232. 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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