|Juvenile Arrest Rate Trends
For each racial group, the juvenile arrest rate for all offenses combined generally increased from the early 1980s through the mid-1990s and then declined in recent years.
|Note: Rates are arrests of persons ages 0-17 per 100,000 persons ages 10-17 in the resident population. Persons of Hispanic ethnicity may be of any race, i.e., white, Black, American Indian, or Asian. Arrests of Hispanics are not reported separately.
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. Online. Available:
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
Arrest estimates for 2015 through 2020 were developed by the National Center for Juvenile Justice based on the FBI's Annual Master Arrest File of 12-month reporting departments available from the Crime Data Explorer
. Arrest estimates for 2015-2019 were revised in June 2022.
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