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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, 2011

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

United States 83% 210 1,030 444 82
Alabama 2% 0 1,074 305 11
Alaska 99% 239 1,268 434 36
Arizona 95% 155 1,301 733 39
Arkansas 74% 136 1,017 283 46
California 99% 262 809 296 143

Colorado 91% 117 1,257 665 83
Connecticut 98% 158 708 292 47
Delaware 100% 389 1,287 530 96
District of Columbia 0% NA NA NA NA
Florida 100% 311 1,406 546 56

Georgia 94% 173 1,016 298 78
Hawaii 0% NA NA NA NA
Idaho 94% 80 1,353 566 52
Illinois 22% 757 1,599 1,461 291
Indiana 76% 214 1,233 419 58

Iowa 88% 192 1,540 395 43
Kansas 70% 113 903 412 36
Kentucky 94% 93 642 208 26
Louisiana 53% 523 1,325 448 97
Maine 100% 57 1,114 400 31

Maryland 83% 400 1,519 855 158
Massachusetts 91% 225 376 85 33
Michigan 89% 158 798 293 56
Minnesota 100% 151 1,407 552 89
Mississippi 56% 112 1,127 308 55

Missouri 94% 194 1,366 538 61
Montana 90% 101 1,586 448 16
Nebraska 90% 109 1,914 737 65
Nevada 89% 250 1,264 690 88
New Hampshire 78% 80 760 544 7

New Jersey 99% 214 619 504 101
New Mexico 95% 203 1,515 658 77
New York 47% 181 1,013 453 39
North Carolina 96% 183 1,081 350 152
North Dakota 94% 72 1,579 559 33

Ohio 74% 112 668 242 48
Oklahoma 92% 141 1,099 351 55
Oregon 95% 119 1,361 820 56
Pennsylvania 93% 347 853 390 101
Rhode Island 83% 134 861 451 109

South Carolina 90% 170 985 480 98
South Dakota 83% 80 1,551 900 37
Tennessee 95% 305 1,025 431 93
Texas 93% 127 894 477 34
Utah 44% 98 1,424 606 65

Vermont 73% 79 456 207 18
Virginia 99% 107 745 328 47
Washington 57% 170 1,305 548 85
West Virginia 81% 56 330 129 20
Wisconsin 93% 252 1,831 648 166
Wyoming 96% 88 1,381 1,025 67

NA = Crime in the United States 2011 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=2011. Released on February 25, 2014.

Adapted from Puzzanchera, C. (2013). Juvenile Arrests 2011. Washington, D.C.: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

 

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