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Law Enforcement & Juvenile Crime
Juvenile Arrest Rate Trends
After peaking in the mid-1990s, robbery arrest rates fell substantially for all four race groups, so much so that the rates for all race groups in 2014 were at or near their lowest levels since at least 1980.

Juvenile Arrest Rates for Robbery by Race, 1980-2014

Year Whites Blacks American
Indians
Asians
1980 58.5 656.1 54.5 66.8
1981 55.2 681.6 49.0 55.4
1982 54.2 621.8 48.9 59.9
1983 48.1 601.2 44.8 49.9
1984 44.6 568.5 32.6 43.8
1985 48.0 550.2 37.9 37.9
1986 47.6 533.3 40.3 32.1
1987 43.4 494.8 41.0 37.9
1988 48.5 502.5 45.7 48.7
1989 58.0 589.0 43.2 42.0
1990 64.2 602.0 40.9 46.8
1991 74.6 631.5 59.6 61.7
1992 75.4 630.0 58.2 65.1
1993 76.9 672.2 56.7 66.7
1994 85.5 727.4 71.3 75.3
1995 86.7 711.6 77.5 74.1
1996 81.3 594.5 61.1 84.3
1997 64.3 472.5 60.2 57.5
1998 54.9 389.9 44.7 43.2
1999 45.8 339.4 43.3 37.6
2000 41.7 308.0 38.7 37.1
2001 38.3 297.2 25.6 32.1
2002 35.0 268.8 24.3 32.4
2003 33.1 284.8 24.5 25.8
2004 32.8 283.7 17.4 23.7
2005 33.3 341.4 25.0 24.0
2006 40.6 406.7 28.2 25.7
2007 40.0 403.5 27.8 25.8
2008 42.0 416.9 20.5 24.4
2009 38.1 377.6 23.5 22.0
2010 33.2 325.2 21.1 17.5
2011 28.0 292.5 17.3 16.6
2012 24.6 269.7 18.9 18.5

2013 22.2 268.3 13.6 9.0
2014 21.2 253.4 18.1 9.2

Note: Rates are arrests of persons ages 0-17 per 100,000 persons ages 10-17 in the resident population. Persons of Hispanic ethnicity may be of any race, i.e., white, black, American Indian, or Asian. Arrests of Hispanics are not reported separately.

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Internet Citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available:
http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/crime/JAR_Display.asp?ID=qa05264. December 13, 2015.

Data source: Arrest estimates for 1980-2012 developed by the Bureau of Justice Statistics and disseminated through "Arrest Data Analysis Tool." Online. Available from the BJS website.

Arrest estimates for 2013 and 2014 developed by the National Center for Juvenile Justice based on data published in the FBI's Crime in the United States reports [Tables 29, 39, and 40]. These are preliminary estimates that will be updated upon release of final estimates on the Bureau of Justice Statistics’ Arrest Data Analysis Tool.

 

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