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Law Enforcement & Juvenile Crime
Juvenile Arrests
Q: What proportion of arrests involve persons under age 18?
A: Juveniles were involved in about 1 in 10 arrests for murder in 2010, about 1 in 4 arrests for robbery, burglary, larceny-theft, and disorderly conduct, and and about 1 in 5 arrests for larceny-theft and motor vehicle theft.

Juvenile proportion of arrests by offense, 2010

Offense Percent

All Arrests 12 %
Violent Crime Index 14  
Property Crime Index 22  
   
Arson 40  
Vandalism 30  
Disorderly conduct 25  
Robbery 24  
Burglary 23  
Larceny-theft 22  
Motor vehicle theft 22  
Weapons 20  
Liquor laws 18  
Sex offense 18  
Other assaults 16  
Stolen property 15  
Forcible rape 14  
Aggravated assault 11  
Drug abuse violations 10  
Murder 9  
Offenses against the family 3  
Fraud 3  
Drunkenness 2  
Prostitution 2  
DUI 1  

Note: The Violent Crime Index includes the offenses of murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, forcible 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.

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  • One-fourth (24%) of all persons arrested for robbery in 2010 were under age 18, substantially above the juvenile proportion of arrests in other violent offenses: forcible rape (14%), aggravated assault (11%), and murder (9%).

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/crime/qa05102.asp?qaDate=2010. Released on December 17, 2012.

Adapted from Puzzanchera, C. (2013). Juvenile Arrests 2010. 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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