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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 of total
juvenile arrests
 
Female Under
age 15
     Percent change      
1991-00 1996-00 1999-00

Total 2,157,200   25 % 32 % 1 % -19 % -2 %
Violent Crime Index 99,200   18   33   -19   -27   -5  
  Murder and nonnegligent manslaughter 1,200   11   12   -65   -58   -17  
  Forcible rape 4,400   1   38   -30   -21   -7  
  Robbery 27,500   9   27   -38   -45   -7  
  Aggravated assault 66,100   23   36   -3   -14   -4  
Property Crime Index 516,600   30   39   -29   -29   -2  
  Burglary 95,200   11   38   -36   -30   -3  
  Larceny-theft 362,500   37   40   -24   -28   -2  
  Motor vehicle theft 50,400   17   26   -44   -31   1  
  Arson 8,500   12   65   -9   -16   -5  
Nonindex            
  Other assaults 234,300   31   43   43   0   1  
  Forgery and counterfeiting 6,300   32   13   -31   -27   -5  
  Fraud 16,200   28   27   11   -30   -8  
  Embezzlement 1,900   48   6   85   48   18  
  Stolen property (buying, receiving, possessing) 26,100   15   28   -43   -36   -7  
  Vandalism 113,600   12   44   -20   -20   -2  
  Weapons (carrying, possessing, etc.) 36,500   11   34   -25   -31   -12  
  Prostitution and commercialized vice 1,400   55   13   3   5   4  
  Sex offenses (except forcible rape and prostitution) 17,500   7   52   -8   -2   5  
  Drug abuse violations 197,500   15   16   146   -7   3  
  Gambling 1,100   5   16   -24   -61   10  
  Offenses against the family and children 8,800   38   38   128   1   -6  
  Driving under the influence 21,300   17   3   14   16   -5  
  Liquor law violations 130,400   31   10   -10   -18   -5  
  Drunkenness 21,900   20   13   -1   -8   6  
  Disorderly conduct 160,700   28   38   21   -26   -3  
  Vagrancy 3,600   20   23   18   -6   19  
  All other offenses (except traffic) 387,800   25   28   16   -15   -3  
  Curfew and loitering 154,700   31   28   66   -16   -7  
  Runaways* 142,000   59   38   -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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