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OJJDP/NIJ Bulletin Summarizes Juvenile Arrests

August 22, 2019

OJJDP and the National Institute of Justice have released "Juvenile Arrests, 2017." This bulletin documents recent trends in juvenile arrests using data from the FBI's Uniform Crime Report. Overall, juvenile arrests have declined for more than a decade, but patterns vary by demographic group and offense. Findings show that in 2017, law enforcement agencies arrested more than 809,700 persons younger than 18 years old. This was the lowest number since at least 1980—and 70 percent below its 1996 peak of nearly 2.7 million. However, juvenile arrests for certain offenses increased. In addition, relative declines in arrests have been greater for boys than for girls across many offenses. As a result, the female share of juvenile arrests has grown since 1980.

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