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Law Enforcement & Juvenile Crime
Juvenile Arrests
Q: How many arrests are made of persons under age 18?
A: The 1.6 million arrests of juveniles in 2010 was 21% fewer than the number of such arrests in 2001.

Estimated number of juvenile arrests, 2010

Most serious offense Number of
juvenile
arrests
Percent change
2001-10 2006-10 2009-10
Total 1,642,510 -21% -22% -9%
Violent Crime Index 75,890 -22% -24% -12%
  Murder and nonnegligent manslaughter 1,010 -20% -21% -14%
  Forcible rape 2,870 -37% -20% -8%
  Robbery 27,190 3% -22% -14%
  Aggravated assault 44,820 -31% -26% -10%
Property Crime Index 366,590 -25% -9% -12%
  Burglary 65,200 -27% -22% -13%
  Larceny-theft 281,060 -18% 2% -12%
  Motor vehicle theft 15,760 -67% -54% -21%
  Arson 4,560 -52% -44% -15%
Nonindex
  Other assaults 210,240 -13% -16% -4%
  Forgery and counterfeiting 1,690 -71% -52% -21%
  Fraud 5,770 -58% -23% -6%
  Embezzlement 440 -77% -68% -27%
  Stolen property (buying, receiving, possessing) 14,640 -43% -31% -22%
  Vandalism 77,070 -27% -34% -15%
  Weapons (carrying, possessing, etc.) 31,360 -15% -33% -7%
  Prostitution and commercialized vice 1,040 -29% -33% -23%
  Sex offenses (except forcible rape and prostitution) 12,970 -30% -19% -4%
  Drug abuse violations 170,570 -15% -13% 0%
  Gambling 1,350 31% -37% -24%
  Offenses against the family and children 3,780 -58% -30% -15%
  Driving under the influence 12,030 -42% -40% -11%
  Liquor law violations 94,710 -13% -32% -14%
  Drunkenness 12,700 -38% -22% -8%
  Disorderly conduct 155,940 -6% -25% -8%
  Vagrancy 2,140 -22% -57% -22%
  All other offenses (except traffic) 296,790 -22% -23% -8%
  Curfew and loitering 94,800 -34% -38% -16%
  Runaways* NA NA NA NA

*As of data year 2010, national estimates of running away are no longer available.

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Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/crime/qa05101.asp?qaDate=2010. Revised on December 17, 2012.

Adapted from Puzzanchera, C. (2013). Juvenile Arrests 2010. Washington, D.C.: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

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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