Juveniles enter the juvenile justice system most often through law enforcement (i.e., arrest). Often, law enforcement statistics are used as a proxy for examining trends in juvenile crime and offending. Law enforcement provides "input" for the rest of the juvenile justice system, and thus understanding these inputs is critical for examining how the system responds to juvenile crime.
This section provides access to detailed Uniform Crime Report (UCR) statistics on juvenile arrests. It presents the most current year of available data and historical trends. Statistics include juvenile arrest counts and rates, nationally and at the state and county levels. The statistics are broken down by basic demographics (age, race, and sex).
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