Youth enter the juvenile justice system most often through law enforcement (i.e., arrest). Often, law enforcement statistics are used as a proxy for examining trends in offending by youth. Law enforcement provides "input" for the rest of the juvenile justice system, and thus understanding these inputs is critical for examining how the system responds to offending by youth.
This section provides access to detailed Uniform Crime Report (UCR) statistics on youth arrests. It presents the most current year of available data and historical trends. Statistics include arrest counts and rates, nationally and at the state level. The statistics are broken down by basic demographics (age, race, and sex).
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