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Offending by Juveniles
Q: How does juvenile homicide offending vary by age?
A: Homicide offending increases with the age of the juvenile offender; in 2014, about 8% of known juvenile homicide offenders were under age 15, while 79% were ages 16 or 17.
Known juvenile homicide offenders by age, 1980-2014

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  • Trends in the number of known juvenile homicide offenders followed a similar pattern for all age groups: the number of known juvenile homicide offenders increased for all age groups between 1984 and 1994 and then declined between 1994 and 2003. However, older juveniles, those ages 16 and 17, accounted for the largest share of both the increase and the decline (about 70%).
  • Overall, the number of known juvenile homicide offenders increased annually between 2003 and 2006, before declining through 2013. For 15, 16, and 17-year-olds, the number of known juvenile homicide offenders increased between 2013 and 2014.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/offenders/qa03104.asp?qaDate=2014. Released on May 25, 2016.

Adapted from Puzzanchera, C., Chamberlin, G. and Kang, W. (2016). Easy Access to the FBI's Supplementary Homicide Reports: 1980-2014. Available on-line at: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/ezashr/.

Data Source: Federal Bureau of Investigation. Supplementary Homicide Reports for the years 19802014 [machine-readable data files]. Washington, D.C.: FBI.


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