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Law Enforcement & Juvenile Crime
Juvenile Arrest Rate Trends
In 2014, the weapons law violation arrest rate for black juveniles was three times the rate for white juveniles.

Juvenile Arrest Rates for Weapons Law Violations by Race, 1980-2014

Year Whites Blacks American
Indians
Asians
1980 73.9 158.5 73.2 43.8
1981 75.2 182.0 60.7 42.1
1982 75.6 181.3 44.9 30.3
1983 71.4 179.1 35.9 28.6
1984 78.2 192.6 38.2 33.3
1985 90.0 203.6 50.8 37.7
1986 89.1 224.9 47.0 37.9
1987 85.1 240.1 50.4 45.7
1988 99.3 331.4 49.1 57.7
1989 105.8 369.5 60.6 46.3
1990 111.8 347.0 55.9 60.4
1991 130.8 431.3 71.4 71.2
1992 142.2 469.6 95.2 68.7
1993 161.9 499.9 105.3 76.4
1994 167.0 477.4 130.8 89.2
1995 149.6 418.0 133.9 73.4
1996 139.0 361.3 125.0 67.2
1997 136.5 348.0 119.7 67.2
1998 117.6 284.1 81.4 48.0
1999 108.2 251.4 89.7 51.4
2000 93.4 222.7 65.4 42.1
2001 93.1 226.0 61.3 36.4
2002 88.5 204.3 57.0 32.8
2003 96.4 226.9 51.2 42.3
2004 98.7 238.3 65.2 36.6
2005 103.9 288.2 63.6 34.7
2006 109.3 297.2 69.2 36.7
2007 100.9 282.8 59.7 33.3
2008 92.7 263.0 50.5 27.2
2009 79.9 223.2 45.5 24.2
2010 75.9 201.4 37.6 22.0
2011 67.3 189.3 36.5 19.9
2012 58.7 167.6 31.8 23.3

2013 50.3 149.4 29.9 18.3
2014 47.3 150.5 23.2 15.3

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=qa05273. 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 Statisticsí Arrest Data Analysis Tool.

 

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