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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, 2010

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

United States 84%   233   1,133   511   92  
Alabama 72%   80   495   85   19  
Alaska 99%   248   1,329   391   35  
Arizona 90%   182   1,426   798   49  
Arkansas 74%   130   984   326   49  
California 96%   304   922   560   162  

Colorado 89%   156   1,424   684   90  
Connecticut 95%   212   849   412   66  
Delaware 100%   368   1,452   637   127  
District of Columbia 0%   NA   NA   NA   NA  
Florida 100%   343   1,530   589   67  

Georgia 81%   192   1,200   368   104  
Hawaii 89%   217   1,284   365   18  
Idaho 94%   93   1,456   505   77  
Illinois 23%   815   1,449   1,591   275  
Indiana 59%   143   1,198   435   50  

Iowa 88%   203   1,616   426   40  
Kansas 69%   149   976   500   37  
Kentucky 70%   125   754   234   33  
Louisiana 58%   503   1,517   518   82  
Maine 100%   55   1,346   440   44  

Maryland 83%   522   1,697   1,052   185  
Massachusetts 94%   259   449   107   35  
Michigan 94%   179   880   313   63  
Minnesota 100%   160   1,507   498   92  
Mississippi 53%   119   1,350   324   125  

Missouri 93%   222   1,537   515   70  
Montana 87%   120   1,570   404   23  
Nebraska 90%   109   1,920   770   86  
Nevada 89%   300   1,492   778   105  
New Hampshire 87%   93   825   637   17  

New Jersey 98%   243   736   517   118  
New Mexico 88%   240   1,488   807   120  
New York 50%   221   1,084   506   58  
North Carolina 83%   211   1,177   339   172  
North Dakota 90%   92   1,693   574   22  

Ohio 74%   111   771   272   54  
Oklahoma 99%   149   1,167   426   65  
Oregon 87%   147   1,635   708   55  
Pennsylvania 97%   355   874   413   99  
Rhode Island 99%   198   901   461   145  

South Carolina 95%   186   1,110   587   114  
South Dakota 78%   109   1,818   755   97  
Tennessee 78%   383   1,352   591   120  
Texas 99%   146   1,049   535   40  
Utah 97%   90   1,748   550   99  

Vermont 87%   66   469   187   9  
Virginia 98%   112   763   311   53  
Washington 78%   211   1,201   470   92  
West Virginia 80%   59   346   156   8  
Wisconsin 89%   237   1,904   676   153  
Wyoming 99%   96   1,636   1,057   82  

NA = Crime in the United States 2010 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=2010. Released on December 17, 2012.

Adapted from Puzzanchera, C. (2013). Juvenile Arrests 2010. Washington, D.C.: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

 

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