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Juvenile Arrest Rate Trends
For both males and females, the juvenile arrest rate for arson reached a peak in 1994 and then declined.

Juvenile Arrest Rates for Arson by Sex, 1980-2011

Year Males Females
1980 41.6 5.3
1981 41.8 4.7
1982 36.9 5.6
1983 36.7 4.5
1984 40.4 4.5
1985 40.9 4.8
1986 39.5 4.9
1987 37.9 4.9
1988 43.7 5.1
1989 43.1 5.2
1990 44.4 5.2
1991 50.1 5.3
1992 50.9 6.7
1993 49.4 7.8
1994 57.7 8.8
1995 51.8 8.1
1996 49.1 6.8
1997 50.5 7.2
1998 43.5 5.8
1999 41.5 6.1
2000 39.4 5.9
2001 44.4 6.2
2002 37.8 5.4
2003 37.9 6.0
2004 35.4 6.0
2005 36.9 6.4
2006 37.2 6.4
2007 33.6 4.9
2008 30.6 4.7
2009 25.3 4.2
2010 21.5 3.6
2011 23.1 4.3

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 female juvenile arrest rate for arson increased sharply between 1991 and 1994 (66%).
  • Since reaching a peak in 1994, the juvenile arson arrest rate for male and female youth declined at a similar pace (60% and 51%, respectively).
  • In 2010, the rates for both male and female juveniles reached their lowest levels since at least 1980, but increased in 2011 (7% for males and 20% for females).


Internet Citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available:
http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/crime/JAR_Display.asp?ID=qa05240. 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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