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Law Enforcement & Juvenile Crime
Juvenile Arrests
Q: How many arrests are made of persons under age 18?
A: In 2000, law enforcement agencies made an estimated 2.15 million arrests of persons under the age of 18.

Estimated number of juvenile arrests, 2000

Most serious offense Number of
Percent change
1991-2000 1996-2000 1999-2000
All offenses2,157,2001%-19%-2%
Murder and nonnegligent manslaughter1,180-65%-58%-17%
Forcible rape4,440-30%-21%-7%
Aggravated assault66,090-3%-14%-4%
Motor vehicle theft50,400-44%-31%1%
Simple assault234,27043%-0%1%
Forgery and counterfeiting6,300-31%-27%-5%
Stolen property (buying, receiving, possessing)26,120-43%-36%-7%
Weapons (carrying, possessing, etc.)36,500-25%-31%-12%
Prostitution and commercialized vice1,4103%5%4%
Sex offense (except forcible rape and prostitution)17,460-8%-2%5%
Drug abuse violations197,500146%-7%3%
Offenses against the family and children8,760128%1%-6%
Driving under the influence21,31014%16%-5%
Liquor laws130,390-10%-18%-5%
Disorderly conduct160,69021%-26%-3%
All other offenses (except traffic)387,82016%-15%-3%
Curfew and loitering154,71066%-16%-7%
Violent Crime Index99,210-19%-27%-5%
Property Crime Index516,560-29%-29%-2%

Violent Crime Index includes murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault.

Property Crime Index includes, burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson.

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Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/crime/qa05101.asp?qaDate=2000. Revised on December 17, 2012.

Data Source: Arrest estimates developed by the Bureau of Justice Statistics and disseminated through “Arrest Data Analysis Tool.” Online. Available from the BJS website.


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