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Law Enforcement & Juvenile Crime
Juvenile Arrest Rate Trends
For all racial groups, juvenile arrest rates for burglary declined substantially between 1980 and 2011.

Juvenile Arrest Rates for Burglary by Race, 1980-2011

Year Whites Blacks American
Indians
Asians
1980 664.8 1,287.4 685.5 328.2
1981 639.9 1,282.3 586.7 308.1
1982 620.5 1,235.5 598.1 288.7
1983 562.4 1,063.2 461.2 212.4
1984 523.4 903.3 482.6 172.3
1985 559.5 917.0 496.3 198.2
1986 541.8 913.6 461.3 185.4
1987 529.7 864.4 502.1 199.1
1988 527.0 855.8 530.2 247.9
1989 524.2 807.4 534.3 173.4
1990 494.3 742.6 507.2 203.4
1991 507.5 720.4 554.3 228.9
1992 481.3 735.1 446.1 219.5
1993 450.0 705.9 503.3 188.3
1994 454.0 728.2 491.4 171.0
1995 420.7 695.3 468.7 165.4
1996 417.4 631.5 475.3 173.9
1997 387.7 617.6 420.5 170.6
1998 341.4 544.0 336.9 136.9
1999 281.4 473.5 272.1 116.6
2000 270.5 446.9 235.3 95.0
2001 251.4 416.1 223.9 80.6
2002 235.4 407.0 195.4 81.9
2003 226.7 399.5 207.7 73.3
2004 215.3 394.8 181.9 61.7
2005 199.3 418.7 143.9 48.1
2006 211.4 448.7 164.1 58.9
2007 204.0 460.4 147.8 51.4
2008 203.4 510.9 120.0 54.9
2009 177.2 491.3 110.0 42.6
2010 157.1 423.1 85.3 39.9
2011 145.4 428.3 86.9 35.2

Note: Rates are arrests of persons ages 10-17 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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  • Between 1980 and 2011, the burglary arrest rate declined 89% for Asian youth, 87% for American Indian youth, 78% for whites, and 67% for blacks. As a result, rates for Asian and white youth in 2011 were at their lowest levels of the 32-year period.
  • After falling to its lowest level of the 32 year period in 2004, the burglary arrest rate for black juveniles increased through 2008, then fell in 2011 to a level just 8% above the 2004 low point.


Internet Citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available:
http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/crime/JAR_Display.asp?ID=qa05267. 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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