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Law Enforcement & Juvenile Crime
Juvenile Arrest Rate Trends
After years of stability, the arrest rate for curfew and loitering more than doubled for male and female juveniles between 1988 and 1998.

Juvenile Arrest Rates for Curfew and Loitering by Sex, 1980-2011

Year Males Females
1980 344.4 109.4
1981 477.1 137.6
1982 462.6 141.5
1983 381.8 125.2
1984 447.7 148.8
1985 421.6 146.8
1986 445.5 162.0
1987 468.9 166.4
1988 379.0 137.9
1989 410.2 151.0
1990 416.7 165.0
1991 474.7 184.5
1992 450.9 175.7
1993 479.0 196.4
1994 593.4 253.7
1995 672.0 298.5
1996 815.8 359.6
1997 786.1 357.4
1998 794.2 369.2
1999 697.4 323.6
2000 627.9 302.7
2001 573.8 274.2
2002 559.4 268.7
2003 542.4 251.2
2004 540.1 256.2
2005 555.7 256.3
2006 596.3 284.5
2007 561.4 264.4
2008 523.1 252.0
2009 450.1 209.9
2010 385.9 171.2
2011 315.6 139.0

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

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  • Between 1988 and 1998, the juvenile male arrest rate for curfew and loitering increased 110% and the female rate increased 168%.
  • Since their peak, the rate declined in equal proportions for both groups through 2011 (down 61% for males since 1996 and down 62% for females since 1998).
  • Despite these declines the female arrest rate in 2011 was 27% above the rate in 1980 while the male rate was 8% below the rate in 1980.


Internet Citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available:
http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/crime/JAR_Display.asp?ID=qa05249. February 25, 2014.

 

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