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Law Enforcement & Juvenile Crime
Juvenile Arrests
Q: How many arrests are made of persons under age 18?
A: The nearly 2.1 million arrests of juveniles in 2007 was 14% fewer than the number of such arrests in 1998.

Estimated number of juvenile arrests, 2007

Most serious offense Number of
Percent change
1998-2007 2003-2007 2006-2007
All offenses2,061,940-14%-1%-2%
Murder and nonnegligent manslaughter1,340-35%6%5%
Forcible rape3,580-32%-14%-0%
Aggravated assault57,230-21%-6%-5%
Motor vehicle theft29,400-45%-34%-15%
Simple assault241,2202%0%-3%
Forgery and counterfeiting3,110-55%-32%-12%
Stolen property (buying, receiving, possessing)22,190-34%-9%5%
Weapons (carrying, possessing, etc.)43,640-2%12%-7%
Prostitution and commercialized vice1,4905%6%-5%
Sex offense (except forcible rape and prostitution)15,490-4%-16%-3%
Drug abuse violations195,370-3%-1%-1%
Offenses against the family and children5,790-40%-15%7%
Driving under the influence18,140-14%-13%-9%
Liquor laws139,1202%5%-0%
Disorderly conduct203,02012%5%-3%
All other offenses (except traffic)374,180-13%-2%-3%
Curfew and loitering143,000-24%5%-6%
Violent Crime Index96,500-15%5%-4%
Property Crime Index416,740-30%-9%4%

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=2007. 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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