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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 million arrests of juveniles in 2008 was 10% fewer than the number of such arrests in 1999.

Estimated number of juvenile arrests, 2008

Most serious offense Number of
Percent change
1999-2008 2004-2008 2007-2008
All offenses1,991,590-10%-4%-3%
Murder and nonnegligent manslaughter1,260-11%14%-6%
Forcible rape3,320-31%-21%-7%
Aggravated assault55,860-19%-7%-2%
Motor vehicle theft24,880-50%-37%-15%
Simple assault231,9400%-7%-4%
Forgery and counterfeiting2,580-61%-47%-17%
Stolen property (buying, receiving, possessing)20,720-26%-10%-7%
Weapons (carrying, possessing, etc.)39,790-4%-2%-9%
Prostitution and commercialized vice1,4709%-17%-1%
Sex offense (except forcible rape and prostitution)14,520-13%-20%-6%
Drug abuse violations179,400-6%-7%-8%
Offenses against the family and children5,760-38%-6%-1%
Driving under the influence15,870-29%-20%-12%
Liquor laws129,300-6%3%-7%
Disorderly conduct188,53014%-5%-7%
All other offenses (except traffic)360,180-10%-3%-4%
Curfew and loitering133,060-20%-3%-7%
Violent Crime Index95,660-8%5%-1%
Property Crime Index436,380-17%-3%5%

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=2008. Revised on December 17, 2012.

Data Source: Arrest estimates for 1980-2014 developed by the Bureau of Justice Statistics and disseminated through the Arrest Data Analysis Tool.


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