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Juveniles as Offenders
Q: How does juvenile homicide offending vary by age?
A: Homicide offending increases with the age of the juvenile offender; in 2013, about 10% of known juvenile homicide offenders were under age 15, while 76% were ages 16 or 17.
Known juvenile homicide offenders by age, 1980-2013

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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 14, 15,and 16-year-olds, the number of known juvenile homicide offenders in 2013 was at the lowest level of the 34-year period.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/offenders/qa03104.asp?qaDate=2013. Released on October 02, 2015.

Adapted from Puzzanchera, C., Chamberlin, G. and Kang, W. (2015). Easy Access to the FBI's Supplementary Homicide Reports: 1980-2012. Available on-line at: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/ezashr/.

Data Source: Federal Bureau of Investigation. Supplementary Homicide Reports for the years 19802013 [machine-readable data files]. Washington, D.C.: FBI.


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