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Juvenile Arrest Rate Trends
Male juvenile larceny-theft arrest rates generally declined throughout the late 1980s but female rates declined only after 1996.

Juvenile Arrest Rates for Larceny-theft by Sex, 1980-2012

Juvenile Arrest Rates for Larceny-theft by Sex

Juvenile Arrest Rates for Larceny-theft 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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  • In 1980, 26% of juveniles arrested for larceny-theft were female; by 2012, this proportion had grown to 42%.
  • Although larceny-theft arrest rates dropped for male and female juveniles in the late 1990s and early 2000s, the prior increases for females resulted in their 2006 rate being just 11% below their 1980 rate, whereas the 2006 rate for males was 55% below their 1980 rate.
  • By 2012, the rate for males reached its lowest point since at least 1980 while the female rate increased 31% between 2006 and 2009, before decreasing 34% by 2012.

Internet Citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available:
http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/crime/JAR_Display.asp?ID=qa05238. 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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