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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 of total
juvenile arrests
 
Female Under
age 15
     Percent change      
1999-08 2004-08 2007-08

Total 1,991,600   28 % 27 % -10 % -4 % -3 %
Violent Crime Index 95,700   17   27   -8   5   -1  
  Murder and nonnegligent manslaughter 1,300   7   8   -11   14   -6  
  Forcible rape 3,300   2   34   -31   -21   -7  
  Robbery 35,200   9   20   19   39   3  
  Aggravated assault 55,900   24   31   -19   -7   -2  
Property Crime Index 436,400   36   29   -17   -3   5  
  Burglary 83,500   12   29   -15   3   2  
  Larceny-theft 321,500   44   29   -13   1   8  
  Motor vehicle theft 24,900   16   20   -50   -37   -15  
  Arson 6,500   12   56   -28   -16   -10  
Nonindex            
  Other assaults 231,900   34   38   0   -7   -4  
  Forgery and counterfeiting 2,600   33   12   -61   -47   -17  
  Fraud 7,200   35   16   -59   9   0  
  Embezzlement 1,300   43   3   -23   26   -25  
  Stolen property (buying, receiving, possessing) 20,700   19   23   -26   -10   -7  
  Vandalism 106,800   13   40   -8   4   -4  
  Weapons (carrying, possessing, etc.) 39,800   10   32   -4   -2   -9  
  Prostitution and commercialized vice 1,500   75   11   9   -17   -1  
  Sex offenses (except forcible rape and prostitution) 14,500   10   48   -13   -20   -6  
  Drug abuse violations 179,400   16   15   -6   -7   -8  
  Gambling 1,600   2   14   68   -1   -20  
  Offenses against the family and children 5,800   36   27   -38   -6   -1  
  Driving under the influence 15,900   24   2   -29   -20   -12  
  Liquor law violations 129,300   38   9   -6   3   -7  
  Drunkenness 15,500   24   11   -25   -6   -8  
  Disorderly conduct 188,500   33   36   14   -5   -7  
  Vagrancy 4,000   29   29   32   -10   4  
  All other offenses (except traffic) 360,200   26   23   -10   -3   -4  
  Curfew and loitering 133,100   31   26   -20   -3   -7  
  Runaways* 109,200   56   32   -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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