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Juvenile Arrests
Q: What proportion of arrests involve persons under age 18?
A: Juveniles were involved in 16% of all Violent Crime Index arrests and 32% of all Property Crime Index arrests in 2000.

Juvenile proportion of arrests by offense, 2000

Offense Percent
All Arrests 15%
Violent Crime Index 16%
Property Crime Index 32%
Arson 51%
Vandalism 40%
Motor vehicle theft 34%
Burglary 33%
Larceny-theft 31%
Robbery 26%
Disorderly conduct 25%
Weapons 23%
Stolen property 22%
Liquor laws 19%
Sex offense 19%
Other assaults 18%
Forcible rape 16%
Aggravated assault 14%
Drug abuse violations 13%
Murder 9%
Offenses against the family 6%
Fraud 5%
Drunkenness 3%
Prostitution 2%
DUI 1%

Note: The Violent Crime Index includes the offenses of murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. The Property Crime Index includes the offenses of burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson. Running away from home and curfew and loitering violations are not presented in this figure because, by definition, only juveniles can be arrested for these offenses.

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Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/crime/qa05102.asp?qaDate=2000. Released on October 16, 2011.

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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