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Law Enforcement & Juvenile Crime
Juvenile Arrests
Q: How many arrests are made of persons under age 18?
A: In 2000, law enforcement agencies made an estimated 2.2 million arrests of persons under the age of 18.

Estimated number of juvenile arrests, 2000

Most serious offense Number of
juvenile arrests
                   Percent change                 
1991-00 1996-00 1999-00

Total 2,157,200 1% -19% -2%
Violent Crime Index 99,200 -19% -27% -5%
  Murder and nonnegligent manslaughter 1,200 -65% -58% -17%
  Forcible rape 4,400 -30% -21% -7%
  Robbery 27,500 -38% -45% -7%
  Aggravated assault 66,100 -3% -14% -4%
Property Crime Index 516,600 -29% -29% -2%
  Burglary 95,200 -36% -30% -3%
  Larceny-theft 362,500 -24% -28% -2%
  Motor vehicle theft 50,400 -44% -31% 1%
  Arson 8,500 -9% -16% -5%
Nonindex
  Other assaults 234,300 43% 0% 1%
  Forgery and counterfeiting 6,300 -31% -27% -5%
  Fraud 16,200 11% -30% -8%
  Embezzlement 1,900 85% 48% 18%
  Stolen property (buying, receiving, possessing) 26,100 -43% -36% -7%
  Vandalism 113,600 -20% -20% -2%
  Weapons (carrying, possessing, etc.) 36,500 -25% -31% -12%
  Prostitution and commercialized vice 1,400 3% 5% 4%
  Sex offenses (except forcible rape and prostitution) 17,500 -8% -2% 5%
  Drug abuse violations 197,500 146% -7% 3%
  Gambling 1,100 -24% -61% 10%
  Offenses against the family and children 8,800 128% 1% -6%
  Driving under the influence 21,300 14% 16% -5%
  Liquor law violations 130,400 -10% -18% -5%
  Drunkenness 21,900 -1% -8% 6%
  Disorderly conduct 160,700 21% -26% -3%
  Vagrancy 3,600 18% -6% 19%
  All other offenses (except traffic) 387,800 16% -15% -3%
  Curfew and loitering 154,700 66% -16% -7%
  Runaways* 142,000 -20% -27% -4%

*As of 2010, the FBI no longer reports arrests for running away. As a result of this change, all versions of this table prior to 2010 have been revised to remove the estimated number of runaway arrests from the estimated number of all juvenile arrests.

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  • In 2000, there were an estimated 1,200 juvenile arrests for murder. Between 1996 and 2000, juvenile arrests for murder fell 58%.
  • Females accounted for 23% of juvenile arrests for aggravated assault and 31% of juvenile arrests for other assaults (i.e., simple assaults and intimidations) in 2000. Females were involved in 59% of all arrests for running away from home and 31% of arrests for curfew and loitering violations.
  • Between 1991 and 2000, there were substantial declines in juvenile arrests for murder (65%), motor vehicle theft (44%), and burglary (36%) and major increases in juvenile arrests for drug abuse violations (146%) and curfew and loitering violations (66%).
  • Youth under the age of 15 accounted for 65% of all juvenile arrests for arson in 2000.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/crime/qa05101.asp?qaDate=2000. Revised on December 17, 2012.

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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