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Law Enforcement & Juvenile Crime
Juvenile Arrest Rate Trends
Juvenile arrest rates for curfew and loitering conduct in 2014 were at their lowest level since at least 1980 for white, American Indian, and Asian youth.

Juvenile Arrest Rates for Curfew and Loitering by Race, 1980-2014

Year Whites Blacks American
Indians
Asians
1980 226.0 263.8 407.5 85.3
1981 273.3 570.5 204.8 99.4
1982 262.1 592.0 207.0 107.9
1983 224.2 479.0 201.0 81.3
1984 267.9 536.8 213.7 134.7
1985 266.5 440.2 272.2 159.4
1986 294.1 428.1 234.7 162.6
1987 294.0 514.6 386.9 161.5
1988 239.5 417.0 240.8 169.2
1989 266.0 435.4 226.6 103.3
1990 281.5 399.2 267.8 181.7
1991 325.0 436.6 226.0 171.4
1992 308.4 414.8 262.5 163.0
1993 341.3 382.7 370.6 200.3
1994 414.9 557.5 427.3 231.9
1995 476.3 642.7 530.1 211.0
1996 554.5 905.5 565.9 262.6
1997 517.5 995.3 617.0 214.2
1998 545.4 939.5 475.5 170.5
1999 485.5 785.8 450.4 157.9
2000 441.7 695.4 434.3 213.2
2001 396.0 682.9 284.0 150.3
2002 370.3 736.1 308.4 152.0
2003 350.5 738.0 201.0 126.2
2004 344.1 773.9 171.5 121.7
2005 331.7 877.5 219.1 106.9
2006 356.4 971.5 208.6 106.6
2007 350.4 835.9 218.3 107.4
2008 327.0 797.9 177.9 102.0
2009 266.4 735.2 184.2 79.8
2010 219.4 646.7 166.9 72.8
2011 185.0 496.8 176.9 63.7
2012 158.2 507.7 179.0 65.0

2013 127.5 504.7 131.4 44.3
2014 108.0 449.3 95.7 35.2

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=qa05279. 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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