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Juvenile Arrests
Q: What proportion of arrests involve persons under age 18?
A: In 2019, juveniles accounted for about 1 in 12 arrests for murder, 1 in 14 arrests for aggravated assault, and more than 1 in 5 arrests for robbery.

Juvenile proportion of arrests by offense, 2019

Offense Percent
All offenses 7%
Robbery 21%
Arson 20%
Vandalism 17%
Disorderly conduct 17%
Motor vehicle theft 17%
Liquor laws 15%
Burglary 12%
Simple assault 12%
Weapons 10%
Stolen property 10%
Larceny-theft 10%
Murder 8%
Aggravated assault 7%
Drug abuse violations 5%
Offenses against the family 4%
Fraud 3%
Prostitution 1%
Drunkenness 1%
DUI 1%

Note: 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=2019. Released on November 16, 2020.

Data Source: Arrest estimates for 2019 were revised by the National Center for Juvenile Justice in June 2022 based on the FBI’s 2019 Arrest Master File of 12-month reporting departments available from the Crime Data Explorer (https://crime-data-explorer.fr.cloud.gov/pages/downloads, retrieved June 14, 2022).


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