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Law Enforcement & Juvenile Crime
Juvenile Arrest Rate Trends
While burglary arrest rates for juveniles declined, motor vehicle theft arrest rates increased for all racial groups after 1983.

Juvenile Arrest Rates for Motor Vehicle Theft by Race, 1980-2011

Year Whites Blacks American
Indians
Asians
1980 178.7 340.1 253.6 146.4
1981 151.9 282.9 188.1 98.5
1982 141.6 254.8 180.4 86.2
1983 126.3 244.2 137.0 78.5
1984 131.3 267.9 161.9 61.8
1985 153.3 353.6 197.1 76.1
1986 171.1 495.8 229.4 91.4
1987 184.8 589.3 237.8 129.9
1988 221.0 785.4 241.5 171.2
1989 244.2 911.6 340.7 149.0
1990 244.9 838.4 270.9 168.8
1991 238.9 807.4 283.1 159.3
1992 220.8 789.0 261.5 141.8
1993 212.0 786.8 289.3 157.9
1994 214.2 754.2 301.8 142.0
1995 195.3 657.2 332.4 141.7
1996 176.7 554.7 279.8 150.3
1997 159.2 482.1 274.3 115.0
1998 133.4 363.5 177.9 82.4
1999 114.0 375.5 147.7 90.3
2000 112.0 381.5 150.6 71.5
2001 105.6 358.2 127.9 56.3
2002 98.1 336.2 118.7 65.7
2003 94.8 318.7 117.6 64.1
2004 84.2 280.1 95.2 47.4
2005 76.5 288.7 88.7 39.0
2006 71.0 254.7 69.1 44.7
2007 61.1 215.8 76.8 31.6
2008 50.3 195.5 52.5 22.2
2009 41.9 151.0 51.3 16.6
2010 33.8 118.7 36.3 12.2
2011 30.4 106.3 29.3 9.4

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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  • From 1983 to their peak years, arrest rates for motor vehicle theft nearly doubled for white juveniles (peak year 1990) and Asian juveniles (peak year 1988), the rate for American Indian juveniles increased nearly 150% (peak year 1989), and more than tripled for black juveniles (peak year 1989).
  • In 2011, arrest rates for motor vehicle theft had fallen from their peak for each racial group: Asians (down 94%), whites (88%), blacks (88%), and American Indians (91%). As a result of these decline, motor vehicle theft arrest rates in 2011 were at their lowest level since at least 1980 for all race groups.


Internet Citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available:
http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/crime/JAR_Display.asp?ID=qa05269. 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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