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Law Enforcement & Juvenile Crime
Juvenile Arrests
Q: How many arrests are made of persons under age 18?
A: In 2014, law enforcement agencies in the U.S. made an estimated 1 million arrests of persons under age 18, 50% less than the number of arrests in 2005.

Estimated number of juvenile arrests, 2014

Most serious offense Number of
juvenile
arrests
Percent change
2005-14 2010-14 2013-14
Total 1,023,810 -50% -38% -5%
Violent Crime Index NA NA NA NA
  Murder and nonnegligent manslaughter 760 -40% -25% 2%
  Rape1 NA NA NA NA
  Robbery 19,490 -33% -28% 2%
  Aggravated assault 30,280 -51% -32% -2%
Property Crime Index 233,500 -44% -36% -4%
  Burglary 40,540 -48% -38% -6%
  Larceny-theft 177,130 -40% -37% -5%
  Motor vehicle theft 12,690 -67% -20% 9%
  Arson 3,150 -61% -31% -14%
Nonindex
  Other assaults 140,470 -44% -33% -4%
  Forgery and counterfeiting 1,190 -72% -30% 12%
  Fraud 4,290 -45% -26% -4%
  Embezzlement 460 -60% 3% 15%
  Stolen property (buying, receiving, possessing) 10,380 -54% -29% 0%
  Vandalism 45,210 -57% -41% -3%
  Weapons (carrying, possessing, etc.) 20,770 -54% -34% 2%
  Prostitution and commercialized vice 740 -54% -29% -2%
  Sex offenses (except rape and prostitution)1 NA NA NA NA
  Drug abuse violations 113,580 -41% -33% -3%
  Gambling 570 -72% -58% -20%
  Offenses against the family and children 3,380 -40% -11% 21%
  Driving under the influence 6,960 -61% -42% -8%
  Liquor law violations 51,170 -59% -46% -13%
  Drunkenness 6,460 -59% -49% -12%
  Disorderly conduct 80,600 -61% -48% -16%
  Vagrancy 950 -75% -55% 9%
  All other offenses (except traffic) 186,240 -49% -37% -5%
  Curfew and loitering 53,650 -62% -43% -5%
  Runaways* NA NA NA NA

1Beginning in 2013, the FBI broadened the definition of rape, removing the phrase “forcible” from the offense name and description. The new definition of rape is: Penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim. The new definition includes the NIBRS offenses of rape, sodomy, and sexual assault with an object.

Law enforcement agencies may submit data on rape arrests based on either the new or legacy definition of rape. Due to differences in agency reporting practices, national estimates for the offenses of “rape” and “sex offenses” are not available after 2012. Additionally, estimates for the Violent Crime Index (which included “forcible rape”) are not shown after 2012 as this category is no longer compatible with prior years.

*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=2014. Revised on October 10, 2017.

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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