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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 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=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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