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Estimated number of arrests by offense and age group, 2020
Gender: All

Offenses All ages 0 to 17 18 & older 10 to 17 0 to 14 15 to 17 18 to 20 21 to 24 25 & older
All offenses7,632,470424,3007,208,180422,640121,930302,370592,260894,7305,721,190
Murder and nonnegligent manslaughter12,44093011,510930908401,8202,1407,550
Aggravated assault381,19019,140362,05019,0505,56013,58026,59046,300289,160
Motor vehicle theft83,22011,66071,56011,6503,3408,3207,2709,57054,720
Simple assault906,98070,940836,04070,61027,25043,69059,560103,620672,860
Forgery and counterfeiting32,50047032,030470704003,2303,51025,300
Stolen property (buying, receiving, possessing)88,3208,19080,1308,1901,7406,4508,62010,73060,770
Weapons (carrying, possessing, etc.)166,20011,110155,09011,0902,0609,05019,99029,250105,850
Prostitution and commercialized vice16,77011016,66011020901,9403,11011,610
Sex offenses (except rape & prostitution)NANANANANANANANANA
Drug abuse violations1,155,61042,2801,113,33042,2506,52035,770111,310151,370850,640
Offenses against the family and children59,4002,42056,9802,3907801,6302,6305,35049,000
Driving under the influence778,9105,870773,0405,870905,78044,020107,610621,400
Liquor laws104,20017,91086,29017,9102,22015,69039,3607,02039,900
Disorderly conduct225,80024,720201,08024,5909,82014,90017,52026,210157,350
All other offenses (except traffic)2,228,33085,9702,142,36085,52024,40061,570136,500239,1801,766,680
Curfew and loitering11,68011,680011,6603,9807,700000
Property Crime Index871,37074,680796,69074,45021,35053,33070,66091,640634,390
Violent crimes*461,54032,070429,47031,9708,14023,93039,02057,860332,580

Violent Crime Index includes murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault.

Property Crime Index includes, burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson.

NA: Beginning in 2013, the FBI broadened the definition of rape, removing the phrase "forcible" from the offense name and description. The new definition of rape is: Penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim. The new definition includes the NIBRS offenses of rape, sodomy, and sexual assault with an object.

Law enforcement agencies may submit data on rape arrests based on either the new or legacy definition of rape. Due to differences in agency reporting practices, national estimates for the offenses of "rape" and "sex offenses" are not available after 2012. Additionally, estimates for the Violent Crime Index (which included "forcible rape") are not shown after 2012 as this category is no longer compatible with prior years.

* The "violent crimes" category includes the offenses of murder, robbery, and aggravated assault and is presented as an alternative to the Violent Crime Index, which is not available as a result of the change to the definition of rape in 2013. In any given year prior to the change in the rape definition, these three offenses accounted for more than 95% of arrests for Violent Crime Index offenses.

2020 was the peak of the coronavirus pandemic, which may have impacted policies, procedures, and data collection activities. Additionally, stay-at-home orders likely impacted the volume and type of law-violating behavior that came to the attention of law enforcement in 2020.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Estimated number of arrests by offense and age group, 2020. Available: Released on July 08, 2022.

Data source: Arrest estimates for 1980-2014 developed by the Bureau of Justice Statistics and disseminated through "Arrest Data Analysis Tool." Online. Available from the BJS website.

Arrest estimates for 2015-2020 were developed by the National Center for Juvenile Justice based on the FBI’s annual Master Arrest Files of 12-month reporting departments available from the Crime Data Explorer. Arrest estimates for 2015-2019 were revised in June 2022. | Privacy | Policies & Disclaimers | FOIA | Site Map | Ask a Question | OJJDP Home
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