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Law Enforcement & Juvenile Crime
Juvenile Arrests
Q: How many arrests are made of persons under age 18?
A: The 1.8 million arrests of juveniles in 2009 was 16% fewer than the number of such arrests in 2000.

Estimated number of juvenile arrests, 2009

Most serious offense Number of
juvenile arrests
Percent of total
juvenile arrests
 
Female Under
age 15
     Percent change      
2000-09 2005-09 2008-09

Total 1,812,900   29 % 27 % -16 % -11 % -9 %
Violent Crime Index 85,900   18   26   -13   -10   -10  
  Murder and nonnegligent manslaughter 1,200   7   9   0   -7   -7  
  Forcible rape 3,100   2   32   -30   -22   -6  
  Robbery 31,700   10   18   15   9   -10  
  Aggravated assault 49,900   25   30   -24   -19   -11  
Property Crime Index 417,700   38   28   -19   0   -4  
  Burglary 74,800   11   27   -21   -4   -10  
  Larceny-theft 317,700   45   28   -12   8   -1  
  Motor vehicle theft 19,900   17   20   -61   -47   -20  
  Arson 5,300   13   59   -37   -33   -17  
Nonindex            
  Other assaults 219,700   34   37   -6   -12   -5  
  Forgery and counterfeiting 2,100   30   13   -66   -49   -17  
  Fraud 6,200   35   17   -62   -21   -15  
  Embezzlement 600   42   7   -68   -47   -52  
  Stolen property (buying, receiving, possessing) 18,700   19   22   -28   -16   -10  
  Vandalism 90,500   14   39   -20   -13   -15  
  Weapons (carrying, possessing, etc.) 33,900   10   31   -7   -25   -15  
  Prostitution and commercialized vice 1,400   78   12   -4   -16   -8  
  Sex offenses (except forcible rape and prostitution) 13,400   11   48   -23   -21   -7  
  Drug abuse violations 170,300   16   16   -14   -12   -5  
  Gambling 1,800   3   11   67   -13   9  
  Offenses against the family and children 4,500   36   28   -49   -21   -22  
  Driving under the influence 13,500   25   2   -37   -25   -15  
  Liquor law violations 110,300   39   9   -15   -11   -15  
  Drunkenness 13,800   25   12   -37   -13   -11  
  Disorderly conduct 170,100   33   36   6   -17   -10  
  Vagrancy 2,700   28   24   -24   -29   -32  
  All other offenses (except traffic) 323,300   26   23   -17   -12   -10  
  Curfew and loitering 112,600   31   25   -27   -20   -15  
  Runaways* 93,400   55   31   -34   -14   -14  

*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 2009, there were an estimated 49,900 juvenile arrests for aggravated assault. Between 2000 and 2009, the number of such arrests fell by nearly one-fourth (24%).
  • All four offenses that make up the Violent Crime Index decreased in the last year: murder (down 7%), rape (6%), robbery (10%), and aggravated assault (11%).
  • In 2009, females accounted for 18% of juvenile Violent Crime Index arrests, 38% of juvenile Property Crime Index arrests, and 33% of juvenile disorderly conduct arrests.
  • Youth younger than age 15 accounted for more than one-fourth of all juvenile arrests for both Violent Crime Index offenses (26%) and Property Crime Index offenses (28%) in 2009.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/crime/qa05101.asp?qaDate=2009. Revised on December 17, 2012.

Adapted from Puzzanchera, C. and Adams, B. (2011). Juvenile Arrests 2009. 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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