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Law Enforcement & Juvenile Crime
Juvenile Arrest Rate Trends
Male and female juvenile arrest rates for motor vehicle theft displayed similar trends in the 1980s and 1990s, first increasing then decreasing.

Juvenile Arrest Rates for Motor Vehicle Theft by Sex, 1980-2011

Year Males Females
1980 354.3 42.1
1981 297.1 36.7
1982 273.1 35.3
1983 248.2 31.5
1984 260.1 34.0
1985 313.4 41.6
1986 379.2 47.7
1987 425.2 53.6
1988 533.4 64.0
1989 601.0 72.3
1990 580.0 73.1
1991 557.2 76.1
1992 520.8 77.8
1993 502.4 84.2
1994 493.4 86.6
1995 440.5 81.5
1996 387.3 74.0
1997 340.1 69.9
1998 269.5 59.4
1999 251.2 52.3
2000 248.7 53.2
2001 233.6 50.4
2002 219.6 47.4
2003 211.8 45.3
2004 186.7 40.2
2005 178.8 38.5
2006 163.5 34.5
2007 139.5 29.5
2008 120.8 23.3
2009 95.6 20.4
2010 76.7 15.4
2011 68.8 13.5

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

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  • Although both male and female juvenile arrest rates for motor vehicle theft peaked and then declined between 1980 and 2011, the male peak preceded the female peak by 5 years (1989 vs.1994).
  • With a longer period of decline than the female rate, the male rate in 1999 fell to within 1% of its 1983 level, but the female rate was still 66% above this low point. By 2011, the male and female rates reached their lowest level in over 3 decades.


Internet Citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available:
http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/crime/JAR_Display.asp?ID=qa05239. 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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