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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, 2009

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

United States 84% 274 1,336 532 103
Alabama 78% 158 951 208 31
Alaska 98% 259 1,390 405 50
Arizona 99% 189 1,542 761 55
Arkansas 85% 133 1,258 327 54
California 99% 372 1,065 537 174

Colorado 90% 176 1,660 687 102
Connecticut 100% 310 1,082 441 77
Delaware 100% 553 1,824 740 152
District of Columbia 0% NA NA NA NA
Florida 100% 407 1,851 652 82

Georgia 69% 286 1,441 455 140
Hawaii 89% 222 1,598 447 29
Idaho 98% 117 1,664 460 78
Illinois 23% 924 1,732 1,736 291
Indiana 73% 231 1,574 453 58

Iowa 92% 235 1,751 357 38
Kansas 64% 145 1,198 413 51
Kentucky 53% 176 1,112 368 40
Louisiana 54% 627 1,749 536 95
Maine 100% 57 1,478 488 37

Maryland 100% 537 1,834 1,089 179
Massachusetts 93% 291 556 112 39
Michigan 96% 200 1,022 340 68
Minnesota 97% 187 1,894 511 114
Mississippi 55% 136 1,582 418 130

Missouri 93% 286 1,918 584 103
Montana 93% 127 1,681 331 14
Nebraska 89% 159 2,153 658 78
Nevada 96% 361 1,690 664 134
New Hampshire 88% 75 940 642 12

New Jersey 98% 312 911 603 147
New Mexico 76% 253 1,589 621 122
New York 55% 239 1,079 476 60
North Carolina 74% 266 1,439 401 175
North Dakota 95% 95 2,115 471 47

Ohio 70% 145 1,001 295 62
Oklahoma 96% 174 1,482 477 74
Oregon 94% 150 1,683 598 60
Pennsylvania 94% 373 988 429 103
Rhode Island 97% 191 1,108 535 167

South Carolina 96% 241 1,176 545 118
South Dakota 83% 77 1,960 635 90
Tennessee 78% 313 1,480 589 130
Texas 98% 174 1,198 583 51
Utah 99% 105 1,961 558 112

Vermont 97% 73 599 233 25
Virginia 95% 103 869 307 52
Washington 73% 240 1,517 439 100
West Virginia 51% 63 707 227 23
Wisconsin 95% 245 2,429 723 195
Wyoming 99% 85 1,813 813 63

NA = Crime in the United States 2009 reported no arrest counts for the District of Columbia.

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=2009. Released on October 16, 2011.

Adapted from Puzzanchera, C. and Adams, B. (2011). Juvenile Arrests 2009. Washington, D.C.: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

 

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