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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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