U.S. Department of Justice, Office Of Justice Programs, Innovation - Partnerships - Safer Neighborhoods
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Working for Youth Justice and Safety
OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book logo jump over products navigation bar
OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book logoAbout SSBFrequently Asked QuestionsPublicationsData Analysis ToolsNational Data SetsOther ResourcesAsk a Question

Juvenile Population Characteristics
Juveniles as Victims
Juveniles as Offenders
Juvenile Justice System Structure & Process
Law Enforcement & Juvenile Crime
Overview
Related FAQs
Related Publications
Related Links
Data Analysis Tools
Juveniles in Court
Juveniles on Probation
Juveniles in Corrections
Juvenile Reentry & Aftercare
Special Topics
Data Snapshot
Statistical Briefing Book Home

OJJDP logo

Printer-priendlyPrinter-friendly
Law Enforcement & Juvenile Crime
Juvenile Arrests
Q: How many arrests are made of persons under age 18?
A: In 2014, law enforcement agencies in the U.S. made an estimated 1 million arrests of persons under age 18, 50% less than the number of arrests in 2005.

Estimated number of juvenile arrests, 2014

Most serious offense Number of
juvenile arrests
                   Percent change                 
2005-14 2010-14 2013-14

Total 1,024,000 -50% -38% -6%
Violent Crime Index 53,500 -44% -29% 1%
  Murder and nonnegligent manslaughter 800 -40% -25% 1%
  Rape1 3,300
  Robbery 19,400 -33% -29% 2%
  Aggravated assault 30,100 -51% -33% -2%
Property Crime Index 234,200 -44% -36% -5%
  Burglary 40,300 -48% -38% -6%
  Larceny-theft 178,000 -39% -37% -5%
  Motor vehicle theft 12,700 -66% -19% 9%
  Arson 3,200 -61% -31% -14%
Nonindex
  Other assaults 139,100 -44% -34% -5%
  Forgery and counterfeiting 1,200 -72% -31% 10%
  Fraud 4,300 -45% -25% -4%
  Embezzlement 500 -59% 5% 18%
  Stolen property (buying, receiving, possessing) 10,400 -53% -29% 0%
  Vandalism 45,200 -57% -41% -3%
  Weapons (carrying, possessing, etc.) 20,700 -54% -34% 1%
  Prostitution and commercialized vice 700 -54% -29% -2%
  Sex offenses (except forcible rape and prostitution) 9,400 -44% -27% -9%
  Drug abuse violations 112,600 -42% -34% -4%
  Gambling 600 -72% -57% -20%
  Offenses against the family and children 3,400 -39% -9% 20%
  Driving under the influence 7,000 -61% -42% -8%
  Liquor law violations 53,300 -57% -44% -12%
  Drunkenness 6,500 -59% -49% -12%
  Disorderly conduct 80,800 -61% -48% -15%
  Vagrancy 900 -75% -56% 8%
  All other offenses (except traffic) 186,000 -49% -37% -5%
  Curfew and loitering 53,700 -62% -43% -5%
  Runaways* n/a n/a n/a n/a

1The new definition of rape went into effect in 2013. The revised definition expands rape to include both male and female victims, and reflects the various forms of sexual penetration understood to be rape, especially nonconsenting acts of sodomy, and sexual assaults with objects. The percent change in the number of rape arrests is not displayed since the new definition is not compatible with the prior definition.

*As of 2010, the FBI no longer reports arrests for running away.

[ CSV file ]


Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/crime/qa05101.asp?qaDate=2014. Released on 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 2014 developed by the National Center for Juvenile Justice based on data published in the FBI's 2014 Crime in the United States report [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.

 

USA.gov | Privacy | Policies & Disclaimers | FOIA | Site Map | Ask a Question | OJJDP Home
A component of the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice