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Law Enforcement & Juvenile Crime
Juvenile Arrests
Q: What proportion of arrests involve persons under age 18?
A: Juveniles were involved in about 1 in 14 arrests for murder in 2014, 1 in 12 arrests for aggravated assault, and 1 in 5 arrests for robbery.

Juvenile proportion of arrests by offense, 2014

Offense Percent
All Arrests 9%
Arson 34%
Vandalism 23%
Robbery 21%
Motor vehicle theft 19%
Disorderly conduct 18%
Burglary 17%
Liquor laws 16%
Weapons 15%
Larceny-theft 14%
Other assaults 13%
Stolen property 12%
Aggravated assault 8%
Drug abuse violations 7%
Murder 7%
Offenses against the family 3%
Fraud 3%
Drunkenness 2%
Prostitution 2%
DUI 1%

Note: 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=2014. Released 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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