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Law Enforcement & Juvenile Crime
Juvenile Arrest Rate Trends
Following a 4% decline in the last year, the juvenile arrest rate for violent crimes reached a historic low-point in 2019, down 72% from the 1994 peak.

Juvenile Arrest Rates for All offenses, 1980-2019

Year Total
19806,396.6
19816,370.3
19826,607.7
19836,073.9
19846,110.2
19856,466.1
19866,728.5
19876,808.2
19887,263.8
19897,339.1
19907,244.5
19917,466.4
19927,294.5
19937,509.3
19948,157.2
19958,228.3
19968,476.2
19978,211.3
19987,421.4
19996,757.2
20006,493.6
20016,202.2
20026,232.4
20036,078.1
20045,998.2
20055,907.1
20066,072.8
20075,983.5
20085,833.6
20095,343.8
20104,856.9
20114,366.4
20123,940.4
20133,237.3
20143,060.7
20152,753.8
20162,553.0
20172,409.8
20182,168.8
20192,083.1

Note: Rates are arrests of persons ages 10-17 per 100,000 persons ages 10-17 in the resident population. Violent crimes include 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.

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Internet Citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available:
http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/crime/JAR_Display.asp?ID=qa05218&selOffenses=1. November 16, 2020.

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 through 2019 developed by the National Center for Juvenile Justice based on data published in the FBI's Crime in the United States reports. These are preliminary estimates that will be updated upon release of final estimates on the Bureau of Justice Statistics’ Arrest Data Analysis Tool.

 

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