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Juvenile Arrest Rate Trends
Male juvenile Property Crime Index arrest rates generally declined since the late 1980's but female rates declined only after 1994.

Juvenile Arrest Rates for Property Crime Index Offenses by Sex, 1980-2011

Year Males Females
1980 3,772.6 891.6
1981 3,648.7 882.3
1982 3,634.4 903.5
1983 3,411.9 882.1
1984 3,353.3 899.7
1985 3,557.0 967.8
1986 3,664.3 978.0
1987 3,708.3 1,039.8
1988 3,952.8 1,058.9
1989 3,939.4 1,067.9
1990 3,815.0 1,114.7
1991 3,851.1 1,145.8
1992 3,630.0 1,118.6
1993 3,450.8 1,159.5
1994 3,599.2 1,273.9
1995 3,449.5 1,256.6
1996 3,260.6 1,262.2
1997 3,090.2 1,237.6
1998 2,572.4 1,054.5
1999 2,231.9 945.7
2000 2,114.0 947.8
2001 1,943.2 931.1
2002 1,860.8 903.5
2003 1,781.0 864.1
2004 1,682.2 897.8
2005 1,568.7 826.1
2006 1,544.3 761.7
2007 1,546.4 852.9
2008 1,602.7 936.9
2009 1,498.0 951.5
2010 1,317.0 839.8
2011 1,241.1 736.0

Note: Rates are arrests of persons ages 10-17 per 100,000 persons ages 10-17 in the resident population. The Property Crime Index includes the offenses of burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson.

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  • In 1980, the juvenile male arrest rate for Property Crime Index offenses was 4 times the female rate; by 2011, the male rate was about 70% above the female rate.
  • These two rates converged in large part because the female rate increased 25% between 2006 and 2009 whereas the male rate declined 3%.
  • By 2011, both the male and female rates were at their lowest points since at least 1980.


Internet Citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available:
http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/crime/JAR_Display.asp?ID=qa05236. 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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