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Juvenile Arrest Rate Trends
Juvenile female arrest rates for burglary declined less than male rates.

Juvenile Arrest Rates for Burglary by Sex, 1980-2011

Year Males Females
1980 1,336.3 94.0
1981 1,297.6 90.8
1982 1,252.1 91.3
1983 1,113.4 82.7
1984 1,004.2 80.3
1985 1,062.2 84.6
1986 1,028.8 85.4
1987 997.5 82.7
1988 988.8 82.7
1989 962.6 86.1
1990 908.2 82.2
1991 920.0 87.2
1992 880.4 88.0
1993 825.2 90.9
1994 835.1 91.0
1995 780.0 87.7
1996 755.2 88.4
1997 708.7 84.9
1998 616.7 80.7
1999 516.0 67.8
2000 490.1 65.7
2001 454.8 63.7
2002 435.9 57.1
2003 420.5 57.9
2004 404.4 55.2
2005 390.7 52.0
2006 417.6 54.4
2007 408.7 55.3
2008 419.7 59.7
2009 380.3 51.5
2010 332.5 45.1
2011 317.3 43.4

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

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  • The large decline in the juvenile burglary arrest rate was primarily the result of a decline in juvenile male arrests. Between 1980 and 2011, the male rate fell 76% while the female rate dropped 54%.
  • The rate for males reached a previous low in 2005, increased through 2008, and then fell 24% by 2011 to its lowest level since at least 1980.
  • For females, the rate also increased (15%) between 2005 and 2008, and then fell (27%) by 2011.
  • As a result of these declines, both rates in 2011 were at their lowest level since 1980.


Internet Citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available:
http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/crime/JAR_Display.asp?ID=qa05237. 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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