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Juveniles as Offenders
Homicide
Q: How does juvenile homicide offending vary by sex?
A: The annual number of male juvenile homicide offenders varied substantially between 1980 and 2011, unlike the number of female offenders.

Known juvenile homicide offenders by sex, 1980-2011

Year Male Female

1980 1,340 120
1981 1,264 146
1982 1,117 118
1983 955 143
1984 853 115
1985 1,013 110
1986 1,227 107
1987 1,208 139
1988 1,505 117
1989 1,693 110
1990 2,102 129
1991 2,309 146
1992 2,296 159
1993 2,627 145
1994 2,656 156
1995 2,206 136
1996 1,869 152
1997 1,597 112
1998 1,295 117
1999 1,039 128
2000 911 100
2001 884 104
2002 880 90
2003 829 98
2004 907 74
2005 988 84
2006 1,184 89
2007 1,163 92
2008 1,014 89
2009 952 82
2010 839 87
2011 738 69

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  • Annually between 1980 and 2011, about 115 juvenile females were implicated in homicides in the U.S.
  • The number of known male juvenile murder offenders in 2003 was lower than in any year since at least 1984, before increasing each year between 2003 and 2006.
  • Since 2006 the trend had reversed as the number of known male juvenile murder offenders declined 38% by 2011, reaching its lowest level of the 32-year period.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/offenders/qa03102.asp?qaDate=2011. Released on August 05, 2013.

Adapted from Puzzanchera, C. and Kang, W. (2013). Easy Access to the FBI's Supplementary Homicide Reports: 1980-2011. Available on-line at: http://ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/ezashr/.

Data Source: Federal Bureau of Investigation. Supplementary Homicide Reports for the years 19802011 [machine-readable data files]. Washington, D.C.: FBI.

 

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