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Juvenile Arrest Rate Trends
In 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.

Juvenile Arrest Rates for All offenses by Race, 1980-2018

Year White Minority Black American
Indian
Asian
19806,051.49,084.29,912.96,798.62,820.1
19815,818.59,985.511,152.45,524.22,718.0
19825,995.210,398.911,731.85,825.92,707.1
19835,563.09,348.210,653.55,068.22,362.0
19845,657.59,090.810,453.35,059.92,259.5
19856,022.99,411.010,835.25,818.82,571.0
19866,255.59,762.911,388.05,632.12,485.5
19876,268.510,098.111,784.86,129.52,798.5
19886,615.411,054.812,966.06,395.13,223.8
19896,599.111,430.913,765.16,623.02,104.4
19906,567.210,882.412,949.56,577.02,977.5
19916,724.111,346.713,578.96,507.03,102.5
19926,438.811,488.413,826.66,407.63,056.1
19936,563.911,916.714,376.17,048.63,164.8
19947,183.312,651.715,279.67,638.83,455.0
19957,247.412,660.615,354.78,119.43,284.2
19967,649.312,295.414,838.58,424.13,514.8
19977,426.711,797.814,270.78,318.43,302.0
19986,784.510,344.612,673.76,562.62,637.4
19996,213.29,258.111,293.16,344.32,395.8
20005,993.68,754.210,738.65,687.02,196.9
20015,665.18,538.710,573.35,028.21,974.8
20025,732.08,342.310,255.75,266.02,129.8
20035,521.38,305.710,287.44,935.61,994.3
20045,420.88,224.110,278.04,630.21,809.4
20055,197.88,500.010,745.54,683.91,596.5
20065,371.88,603.110,954.24,397.11,660.1
20075,270.38,524.410,920.54,307.31,650.6
20085,123.68,307.610,755.23,826.81,612.9
20094,644.27,742.810,100.83,665.81,459.9
20104,242.96,954.99,137.13,348.31,293.4
20113,787.36,335.78,375.63,297.91,113.7
20123,362.75,903.17,817.13,053.21,154.5
20132,706.45,028.56,798.12,682.6692.4
20142,548.94,782.66,537.52,371.4622.2
20152,302.64,252.05,752.72,605.8661.0
20162,112.73,999.25,447.92,405.8610.3
20171,981.63,792.35,149.62,727.5548.0
20181,792.73,365.34,618.32,251.2457.6

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.


Internet Citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available:
http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/crime/JAR_Display.asp?ID=qa05260&selOffenses=1. October 31, 2019.

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 2018 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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