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Law Enforcement & Juvenile Crime
Juvenile Arrests
Q: How many arrests are made of persons under age 18?
A: In 2011, law enforcement agencies in the U.S. made nearly 1.5 million arrests of persons under age 18, 31% less than the number of arrests in 2002.

Estimated number of juvenile arrests, 2011

Most serious offense Number of
juvenile arrests
Percent of total
juvenile arrests
 
Female Under
age 15
     Percent change      
2002-11 2007-11 2010-11

Total 1,470,000   29 % 26 % -31 % -29 % -11 %
Violent Crime Index 68,100   18   27   -27   -29   -10  
  Murder and nonnegligent manslaughter 800   9   11   -36   -37   -17  
  Forcible rape 2,800   2   35   -40   -22   -2  
  Robbery 23,800   9   19   -3   -31   -13  
  Aggravated assault 40,700   25   32   -34   -29   -9  
Property Crime Index 334,700   36   28   -30   -20   -9  
  Burglary 62,000   12   27   -28   -24   -5  
  Larceny-theft 253,800   44   28   -25   -15   -10  
  Motor vehicle theft 14,000   16   20   -69   -52   -11  
  Arson 4,900   15   57   -40   -31   8  
Nonindex            
  Other assaults 190,900   36   39   -19   -21   -9  
  Forgery and counterfeiting 1,600   29   13   -69   -49   -7  
  Fraud 5,200   35   16   -39   -27   -9  
  Embezzlement 400   39   10   -70   -75   -6  
  Stolen property (buying, receiving, possessing) 13,300   17   22   -48   -40   -9  
  Vandalism 67,900   15   39   -35   -39   -12  
  Weapons (carrying, possessing, etc.) 28,200   10   33   -20   -35   -10  
  Prostitution and commercialized vice 1,000   76   9   -32   -34   -7  
  Sex offenses (except forcible rape and prostitution) 12,600   11   49   -35   -19   -3  
  Drug abuse violations 148,700   17   17   -20   -24   -13  
  Gambling 1,000   6   11   -35   -52   -28  
  Offenses against the family and children 3,600   39   31   -62   -39   -6  
  Driving under the influence 10,100   25   2   -53   -44   -16  
  Liquor law violations 88,300   40   9   -39   -37   -7  
  Drunkenness 11,400   26   12   -39   -32   -10  
  Disorderly conduct 139,200   35   38   -28   -31   -11  
  Vagrancy 1,800   23   29   -10   -53   -15  
  All other offenses (except traffic) 264,900   26   23   -33   -29   -11  
  Curfew and loitering 76,900   30   25   -46   -46   -19  
  Runaways* n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a  

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

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  • All four offenses that make up the Violent Crime Index decreased considerably between 2007 and 2011: murder (down 37%), rape (22%), robbery (31%), and aggravated assault (29%).
  • In 2011, there were an estimated 190,900 juvenile arrests for simple assault. More than one-third (36%) of these arrests involved females, 39% involved youth younger than age 15, and nearly two-fifths (59%) involved white youth.
  • Youth younger than age 15 accounted for more than half (57%) of all juvenile arrests for arson offenses in 2011 and nearly 40% of juvenile arrests for simple assault, vandalism and disorderly conduct.
  • Females accounted for nearly 10% of juvenile arrests for murder and robbery, but one-fourth of juvenile arrests for aggravated assault in 2011.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/crime/qa05101.asp?qaDate=2011. Released on February 25, 2014.

Adapted from Puzzanchera, C. (2013). Juvenile Arrests 2011. Washington, D.C.: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

Data Source: Arrest estimates developed by the Bureau of Justice Statistics and disseminated through “Arrest Data Analysis Tool.” Online. Available from the BJS website.

 

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