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Law Enforcement & Juvenile Crime
Juvenile Arrests
Q: How many arrests are made of persons under age 18?
A: The nearly 2 million arrests of juveniles in 2008 was 10% fewer than the number of such arrests in 1999.

Estimated number of juvenile arrests, 2008

Most serious offense Number of
juvenile arrests
                   Percent change                 
1999-08 2004-08 2007-08

Total 1,991,600 -10% -4% -3%
Violent Crime Index 95,700 -8% 5% -1%
  Murder and nonnegligent manslaughter 1,300 -11% 14% -6%
  Forcible rape 3,300 -31% -21% -7%
  Robbery 35,200 19% 39% 3%
  Aggravated assault 55,900 -19% -7% -2%
Property Crime Index 436,400 -17% -3% 5%
  Burglary 83,500 -15% 3% 2%
  Larceny-theft 321,500 -13% 1% 8%
  Motor vehicle theft 24,900 -50% -37% -15%
  Arson 6,500 -28% -16% -10%
Nonindex
  Other assaults 231,900 0% -7% -4%
  Forgery and counterfeiting 2,600 -61% -47% -17%
  Fraud 7,200 -59% 9% 0%
  Embezzlement 1,300 -23% 26% -25%
  Stolen property (buying, receiving, possessing) 20,700 -26% -10% -7%
  Vandalism 106,800 -8% 4% -4%
  Weapons (carrying, possessing, etc.) 39,800 -4% -2% -9%
  Prostitution and commercialized vice 1,500 9% -17% -1%
  Sex offenses (except forcible rape and prostitution) 14,500 -13% -20% -6%
  Drug abuse violations 179,400 -6% -7% -8%
  Gambling 1,600 68% -1% -20%
  Offenses against the family and children 5,800 -38% -6% -1%
  Driving under the influence 15,900 -29% -20% -12%
  Liquor law violations 129,300 -6% 3% -7%
  Drunkenness 15,500 -25% -6% -8%
  Disorderly conduct 188,500 14% -5% -7%
  Vagrancy 4,000 32% -10% 4%
  All other offenses (except traffic) 360,200 -10% -3% -4%
  Curfew and loitering 133,100 -20% -3% -7%
  Runaways* 109,200 -26% -8% 0%

*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 2008, there were an estimated 55,900 juvenile arrests for aggravated assault. Between 1999 and 2008, the number of such arrests fell by nearly one-fifth (19%).
  • Of the four offenses that make up the Violent Crime Index, only juvenile arrests for robbery increased in the last year (up 3%).
  • In 2008, females accounted for 17% of juvenile Violent Crime Index arrests, 36% of juvenile Property Crime Index arrests, and 33% of juvenile disorderly conduct arrests.
  • Youth younger than age 15 accounted for more than one-fourth (27%) of all juvenile arrests for Violent Crime Index offenses in 2008 and nearly one-third (29%) of all Property Crime Index offenses.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/crime/qa05101.asp?qaDate=2008. 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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