|Juvenile Arrest Rate Trends
The juvenile arrest rate for murder reached its lowest level in 2012, 83% below the 1993 peak; since 2012, the rate increased 30% through 2018 (from 2.2 to 2.8 per 100,000 youth) where it remained through 2020.
|Note: Rates are arrests of persons ages 10-17 per 100,000 persons ages 10-17 in the resident population.
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.
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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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