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Law Enforcement & Juvenile Crime
Juvenile Arrest Rate Trends
For all racial groups, larceny-theft arrest rates in 2014 were at their lowest level since at least 1980.

Juvenile Arrest Rates for Larceny-theft by Race, 1980-2014

Year Whites Blacks American
Indians
Asians
1980 1,251.3 2,730.1 1,714.7 1,043.0
1981 1,224.2 2,798.9 1,383.5 944.7
1982 1,249.9 2,934.8 1,512.7 900.3
1983 1,231.3 2,831.2 1,466.3 755.0
1984 1,267.6 2,848.3 1,612.1 671.7
1985 1,347.6 2,887.3 1,825.4 776.8
1986 1,404.3 2,870.9 1,773.9 762.3
1987 1,469.3 2,803.3 1,674.1 858.9
1988 1,548.6 2,876.5 1,862.9 979.1
1989 1,545.7 2,751.1 1,934.6 643.4
1990 1,546.9 2,652.1 1,762.2 836.1
1991 1,576.5 2,682.4 1,749.9 862.7
1992 1,477.9 2,560.1 1,662.0 847.3
1993 1,414.6 2,591.0 1,731.3 869.3
1994 1,506.9 2,895.8 1,755.2 934.8
1995 1,492.2 2,822.9 1,758.7 919.8
1996 1,468.3 2,590.7 1,914.4 957.0
1997 1,409.7 2,575.2 1,820.0 903.1
1998 1,170.1 2,177.0 1,421.8 685.0
1999 1,020.6 1,933.2 1,298.8 600.5
2000 983.8 1,854.1 1,174.6 540.1
2001 909.2 1,777.2 986.4 473.8
2002 895.2 1,637.2 932.8 491.3
2003 847.1 1,568.4 890.8 434.2
2004 841.0 1,537.3 842.5 423.0
2005 764.0 1,426.2 772.5 349.0
2006 712.0 1,392.4 601.8 321.5
2007 756.5 1,577.1 661.9 341.0
2008 816.7 1,757.9 638.1 340.0
2009 802.0 1,787.3 662.4 364.3
2010 709.6 1,605.4 608.2 313.7
2011 629.2 1,531.2 599.7 268.8
2012 543.7 1,426.8 537.6 270.7

2013 462.0 1,293.7 510.2 170.4
2014 427.7 1,181.8 449.7 136.8

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=qa05268. 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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