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Juvenile Arrest Rate Trends
Unlike most other offense categories, arrest rates for running away are higher for females than for males.

Juvenile Arrest Rates for Running Away by Sex, 1980-2011

Year Males Females
1980 393.3 590.1
1981 448.0 549.8
1982 374.6 552.7
1983 356.8 521.6
1984 415.1 606.0
1985 466.9 666.7
1986 479.2 695.6
1987 473.9 675.4
1988 516.5 691.5
1989 493.3 670.3
1990 530.9 732.0
1991 528.3 735.6
1992 526.7 733.5
1993 508.9 720.1
1994 689.9 967.7
1995 670.9 960.8
1996 519.4 738.1
1997 501.4 739.9
1998 414.0 616.4
1999 360.4 554.3
2000 343.2 518.7
2001 312.9 484.2
2002 287.3 455.2
2003 288.2 437.5
2004 275.5 421.7
2005 257.7 376.9
2006 278.4 385.8
2007 269.6 365.5
2008 273.3 368.7
2009 239.9 312.7
2010 n/a n/a
2011 n/a n/a

Note: Rates are arrests of persons ages 10-17 per 100,000 persons ages 10-17 in the resident population.
**As of data year 2010, the FBI no longer reports arrests for running away.

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  • Male and female juvenile arrest rates for running away have declined steadily since 1994. Between 1994 and 2009, the rate for males fell 65% and the rate for females fell 68%.
  • More than half (55%) of juvenile arrests for running away in 2009 involved a female.


Internet Citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available:
http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/crime/JAR_Display.asp?ID=qa05250. February 25, 2014.

 

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