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Law Enforcement & Juvenile Crime
Juvenile Arrest Rate Trends
Juvenile arrest rates for disorderly conduct in 2014 were at their lowest level since at least 1980 for white, American Indian, and Asian youth, while the rate for black youth in 2014 was 8% above its 1984 lowpoint.

Juvenile Arrest Rates for Disorderly Conduct by Race, 1980-2014

Year Whites Blacks American
Indians
Asians
1980 379.2 669.1 422.5 45.1
1981 338.4 820.5 248.1 56.5
1982 363.4 1,046.6 231.2 60.4
1983 319.3 753.5 231.7 43.7
1984 289.9 597.9 179.8 37.1
1985 302.8 612.6 189.3 43.3
1986 317.3 630.9 204.1 44.0
1987 324.8 722.7 214.9 48.5
1988 357.8 894.0 280.7 70.2
1989 364.2 952.8 247.1 67.5
1990 369.0 889.7 273.3 84.8
1991 391.9 1,027.1 257.3 87.0
1992 389.5 1,043.1 281.3 89.2
1993 405.7 1,113.9 327.0 82.5
1994 476.2 1,203.7 427.1 112.7
1995 467.6 1,286.3 429.5 107.0
1996 570.6 1,501.5 494.4 153.3
1997 572.3 1,421.4 528.8 161.9
1998 484.8 1,136.3 338.2 120.6
1999 433.7 1,026.6 409.3 99.4
2000 409.9 1,009.2 295.6 92.9
2001 397.3 1,101.5 306.9 97.3
2002 471.5 1,199.7 449.2 108.0
2003 455.9 1,242.8 376.8 116.0
2004 462.7 1,288.6 406.7 106.9
2005 454.4 1,404.0 456.7 102.0
2006 463.6 1,431.7 443.0 103.5
2007 447.7 1,424.1 367.7 91.2
2008 419.2 1,341.7 308.8 87.6
2009 376.6 1,239.3 293.7 80.4
2010 351.6 1,123.3 272.2 68.7
2011 312.6 1,025.2 265.6 56.6
2012 262.3 934.7 241.0 53.1

2013 206.0 800.4 192.6 37.8
2014 171.0 648.7 172.2 29.0

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=qa05278. 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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