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Juvenile Arrest Rate Trends
Male arrests drove juvenile murder arrest rate trends between 1980 and 2011.

Juvenile Arrest Rates for Murder by Sex, 1980-2011

Year Males Females
1980 10.5 0.9
1981 11.8 1.1
1982 11.0 1.0
1983 8.9 1.1
1984 8.2 0.9
1985 9.5 1.0
1986 10.8 0.8
1987 11.4 1.2
1988 15.5 1.2
1989 17.9 1.3
1990 21.2 1.2
1991 22.1 1.1
1992 20.8 1.3
1993 23.5 1.5
1994 22.5 1.5
1995 19.5 1.4
1996 16.2 1.2
1997 13.9 1.0
1998 11.6 1.0
1999 7.8 0.7
2000 6.2 0.8
2001 6.6 0.8
2002 6.9 0.8
2003 6.4 0.9
2004 5.7 0.6
2005 6.5 0.7
2006 6.8 0.4
2007 7.0 0.6
2008 6.7 0.5
2009 6.3 0.5
2010 5.3 0.6
2011 4.5 0.4

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 2011, the rates for both were substantially below their levels of the early 1980s.
  • Females accounted for 9% of all juvenile murder arrests in 2011.


Internet Citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available:
http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/crime/JAR_Display.asp?ID=qa05232. February 25, 2014.

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

 

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