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Juvenile Arrests
Q: What proportion of arrests involve persons under age 18?
A: Juveniles were involved in about 1 in 14 arrests for murder in 2014, 1 in 12 arrests for aggravated assault, and 1 in 5 arrests for robbery.
Juvenile proportion of arrests by offense, 2014

Note: The Violent Crime Index includes the offenses of murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. The Property Crime Index includes the offenses of burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson. Running away from home and curfew and loitering violations are not presented in this figure because, by definition, only juveniles can be arrested for these offenses.

*The new definition of rape went into effect in 2013. The revised definition expands rape to include both male and female victims, and reflects the various forms of sexual penetration understood to be rape, especially nonconsenting acts of sodomy, and sexual assaults with objects.

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Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/crime/qa05102.asp?qaDate=2014. Released on December 13, 2015.

Data Source: Arrest estimates developed by the National Center for Juvenile Justice based on data published in the FBI's 2014 Crime in the United States report [Tables 29, 39, and 40].


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