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Law Enforcement & Juvenile Crime
Juvenile Arrest Rate Trends
Similar to trends in robbery, juvenile aggravated assault arrest rates peaked in the mid-1990s then fell substantially for all four race groups; by 2014, rates were at or near their lowest level since at least 1980 for white, black, and American Indian youth.

Juvenile Arrest Rates for Aggravated Assault by Race, 1980-2014

Year Whites Blacks American
Indians
Asians
1980 102.1 310.7 128.9 42.3
1981 98.6 328.2 102.1 37.7
1982 102.1 341.9 130.2 37.1
1983 96.5 334.4 98.9 33.8
1984 98.1 362.8 101.4 34.2
1985 106.3 400.7 129.0 38.8
1986 112.5 449.7 116.4 41.9
1987 109.9 466.7 127.1 41.1
1988 127.2 563.5 156.7 56.9
1989 148.8 641.5 153.2 59.5
1990 163.8 662.8 164.4 72.9
1991 176.5 651.2 151.5 72.3
1992 183.6 720.9 166.7 72.4
1993 190.7 746.9 205.3 82.7
1994 201.5 772.8 223.5 95.6
1995 198.1 748.3 231.4 92.7
1996 185.3 616.5 208.5 91.2
1997 184.2 591.9 190.5 97.8
1998 175.7 534.4 175.0 85.9
1999 166.2 485.8 164.2 76.7
2000 155.7 467.4 149.9 70.6
2001 152.9 449.5 134.8 60.0
2002 142.0 426.5 142.1 55.3
2003 135.8 425.1 118.7 53.6
2004 132.8 419.4 126.5 45.8
2005 130.2 446.3 118.6 40.7
2006 128.8 434.6 136.5 45.4
2007 124.7 403.4 108.8 40.3
2008 120.5 411.1 91.7 36.7
2009 107.8 372.3 89.6 34.3
2010 98.7 330.4 87.9 27.0
2011 89.0 308.6 83.5 22.7
2012 78.8 282.4 67.8 26.5

2013 69.1 255.4 63.6 18.5
2014 65.7 233.4 53.6 19.4

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=qa05265. 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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