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Law Enforcement & Juvenile Crime
Juvenile Arrests
Q: How do juvenile arrest rates vary by State?
A: State variations in juvenile arrest rates may reflect differences in juvenile law-violating behavior, police behavior, and/or community standards; therefore, comparisons should be made with caution.

Juvenile arrest rates by State, 2007

State Reporting
Coverage
Violent
Crime
Index
Property
Crime
Index
Drug
abuse
Weapons

United States 81% 301 1,293 590 128
Alabama 75% 180 757 249 46
Alaska 96% 220 1,559 328 68
Arizona 94% 228 1,546 784 84
Arkansas 66% 147 1,012 381 60
California 98% 410 1,074 519 202

Colorado 90% 173 1,621 741 137
Connecticut 93% 282 1,017 442 89
Delaware 99% 591 1,647 819 137
District of Columbia 0% NA NA NA NA
Florida 100% 477 1,864 763 106

Georgia 62% 294 1,342 591 223
Hawaii 0% NA NA NA NA
Idaho 92% 141 1,823 544 110
Illinois 23% 913 1,547 2,152 294
Indiana 71% 209 1,510 486 59

Iowa 86% 258 1,860 450 45
Kansas 64% 168 952 533 77
Kentucky 20% 343 2,168 1,360 127
Louisiana 61% 364 1,617 623 113
Maine 100% 63 1,477 417 44

Maryland 99% 548 1,876 1,192 221
Massachusetts 91% 307 521 377 46
Michigan 92% 224 1,024 337 89
Minnesota 98% 217 1,758 507 135
Mississippi 37% 138 1,227 495 120

Missouri 85% 257 1,573 641 97
Montana 84% 90 1,745 378 41
Nebraska 85% 138 1,823 644 109
Nevada 96% 238 1,313 517 152
New Hampshire 68% 86 692 540 30

New Jersey 97% 334 864 689 185
New Mexico 71% 279 1,045 752 178
New York 55% 270 1,002 520 66
North Carolina 77% 318 1,431 508 215
North Dakota 88% 79 1,874 436 43

Ohio 60% 150 1,001 414 70
Oklahoma 100% 178 1,122 503 87
Oregon 94% 230 1,855 603 94
Pennsylvania 92% 426 1,075 523 127
Rhode Island 83% 86 960 386 117

South Carolina 95% 294 1,120 705 168
South Dakota 49% 95 1,461 476 68
Tennessee 79% 332 1,249 626 144
Texas 91% 188 1,087 593 64
Utah 88% 120 1,879 506 133

Vermont 98% 65 570 286 35
Virginia 95% 146 784 359 88
Washington 75% 267 1,897 540 144
West Virginia 77% 42 368 161 16
Wisconsin 98% 298 2,634 806 233
Wyoming 99% 124 1,748 994 85

NA = Crime in the United States 2007 reported no arrest counts for the District of Columbia or Hawaii.

Note: In this table the arrest rate is defined as the number of arrests of persons under age 18 for every 100,000 persons ages 10-17. Juvenile arrests (arrests of youth under age 18) reported at the State level in Crime in the United States cannot be disaggregated into more detailed age categories so that the arrests of persons under age 10 can be excluded in the rate calculation.

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  • 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.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/crime/qa05103.asp?qaDate=2007. Released on October 24, 2008.

Adapted from Puzzanchera, C. Juvenile Arrests 2007. Washington, D.C.: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

 

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