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Juvenile Arrest Rate Trends
In 2011, the male robbery arrest rate was at its lowest level since 1980.

Juvenile Arrest Rates for Robbery by Sex, 1980-2011

Year Males Females
1980 264.4 20.6
1981 266.5 21.0
1982 251.0 18.8
1983 236.9 17.5
1984 222.7 16.2
1985 222.1 16.8
1986 217.0 16.9
1987 200.8 15.6
1988 210.8 18.2
1989 245.8 23.8
1990 259.2 25.5
1991 282.3 28.2
1992 283.7 28.2
1993 297.2 30.6
1994 324.6 34.5
1995 321.5 34.6
1996 281.6 31.4
1997 223.9 24.5
1998 187.4 20.4
1999 161.4 17.6
2000 147.7 15.8
2001 140.9 14.6
2002 129.4 13.0
2003 131.8 13.3
2004 130.4 14.7
2005 149.2 16.2
2006 178.9 19.6
2007 176.6 19.9
2008 183.6 19.6
2009 164.8 19.3
2010 142.2 16.2
2011 126.1 13.1

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

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  • Juvenile male and female robbery arrest rates both decreased through the late 1980s and climbed to a peak in the mid-1990s. By 2002, the female robbery arrest rate had fallen to its lowest level since at least 1980, increased again through the mid 2000s and in 2011 rested at a level 1% higher than in 2002. Despite a similar pattern of increase in the 2000s, the male arrest rate currently sits at its lowest level since 1980.
  • In 2011, the juvenile male robbery arrest rate was more than 9 times the female rate.


Internet Citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available:
http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/crime/JAR_Display.asp?ID=qa05234. 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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