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Juvenile Arrests 2002 (NCJ 204608) September 2004
12 page(s)
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Summarizes and analyzes national and state juvenile arrest data presented in the FBI’s report Crime in the United States 2002. As reported in this bulletin, juvenile violent crime arrests increased substantially from the late 1980s through 1994 and then decreased for 8 consecutive years. In 2002, the juvenile arrest rate for violent crime was 47 percent below its peak in 1994, reaching its lowest level since 1980. The juvenile arrest rate for each of the offenses tracked in the FBI’s Violent Crime Index (murder, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault) has been declining steadily since the mid-1990s; for murder, the rate fell 72% from its 1993 peak through 2002.