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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, 1980-2011

Year Males Females
1980 2,040.4 750.3
1981 2,012.2 750.1
1982 2,072.3 771.3
1983 2,013.5 763.4
1984 2,048.7 780.9
1985 2,140.5 836.7
1986 2,216.9 840.0
1987 2,247.7 898.5
1988 2,386.8 907.2
1989 2,332.7 904.3
1990 2,282.4 954.3
1991 2,323.8 977.2
1992 2,178.0 946.0
1993 2,073.7 976.6
1994 2,213.0 1,087.4
1995 2,177.1 1,079.3
1996 2,069.0 1,093.0
1997 1,991.0 1,075.6
1998 1,642.7 908.6
1999 1,423.2 819.6
2000 1,335.8 823.0
2001 1,210.4 810.8
2002 1,167.4 793.5
2003 1,110.8 754.9
2004 1,055.9 796.4
2005 962.3 729.3
2006 926.0 666.4
2007 964.5 763.3
2008 1,031.6 849.1
2009 996.8 875.4
2010 886.2 775.7
2011 831.9 674.8

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 2011, this proportion had grown to 44%.
  • 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 2011, the rate for males reached its lowest point since at least 1980 while the female rate increased 31% between 2006 and 2009, before decreasing 23% by 2011.


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