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Law Enforcement & Juvenile Crime
Juvenile Arrests
Q: How do juvenile arrest rates vary by State?
A: State variations in juvenile arrest rates may reflect differences in juvenile law-violating behavior, police behavior, and/or community standards; therefore, comparisons should be made with caution.

Juvenile arrest rates by State, 2017

State Reporting
Coverage
Aggravated
assault
Robbery Larceny
Drug
abuse
Weapons
United States 84% 86 60 527 283 54
Alabama 77% 51 30 329 51 27
Alaska 100% 149 26 586 230 27
Arizona 91% 102 66 666 455 38
Arkansas 92% 101 34 533 299 43
California 100% 94 73 264 93 76
Colorado 91% 89 44 751 501 62
Connecticut 99% 59 55 522 164 51
Delaware 100% 195 90 712 361 88
District of Columbia 0% NA NA NA NA NA
Florida 100% 103 81 827 288 45
Georgia 79% 79 43 567 233 45
Hawaii 100% 48 43 463 338 10
Idaho 89% 64 10 684 532 52
Illinois 22% 65 203 873 284 233
Indiana 64% 121 47 591 302 45
Iowa 85% 109 33 924 320 46
Kansas 65% 66 13 328 336 26
Kentucky 97% 30 48 319 120 21
Louisiana 80% 192 68 1,173 347 101
Maine 100% 26 10 651 292 5
Maryland 91% 155 205 819 354 109
Massachusetts 95% 97 29 194 35 28
Michigan 98% 66 28 422 213 29
Minnesota 96% 80 68 886 337 77
Mississippi 46% 33 49 548 187 55
Missouri 92% 85 46 656 392 48
Montana 99% 86 15 874 382 17
Nebraska 12% 98 0 325 341 16
Nevada 89% 199 116 421 269 62
New Hampshire 96% 41 14 309 420 4
New Jersey 95% 63 59 313 408 65
New Mexico 39% 168 24 250 112 16
New York 51% 72 66 515 354 35
North Carolina 63% 65 70 651 228 82
North Dakota 99% 68 11 910 663 40
Ohio 80% 45 36 437 205 34
Oklahoma 96% 73 34 502 311 35
Oregon 90% 59 30 514 504 30
Pennsylvania 98% 143 89 484 293 71
Rhode Island 89% 63 44 432 129 122
South Carolina 78% 81 55 734 532 111
South Dakota 84% 140 17 1,040 1,258 95
Tennessee 97% 144 64 663 391 62
Texas 92% 60 49 410 331 28
Utah 85% 49 19 680 482 38
Vermont 96% 68 2 257 92 19
Virginia 92% 39 41 459 286 41
Washington 90% 71 51 412 187 34
West Virginia 63% 39 6 151 112 13
Wisconsin 98% 89 55 1,052 550 89
Wyoming 94% 46 5 789 881 54

NA = Crime in the United States 2016 reported no arrest counts for the District of Columbia.

Note: In this table the arrest rate is defined as the number of arrests of persons under age 18 for every 100,000 persons ages 10-17. Juvenile arrests (arrests of youth under age 18) reported at the State level in Crime in the United States cannot be disaggregated into more detailed age categories so that the arrests of persons under age 10 can be excluded in the rate calculation.

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Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/crime/qa05103.asp?qaDate=2017. Released on October 22, 2018.

Data Source: Adapted from the FBI's 2017 Crime in the United States Report [Tables 5 and 69].

 

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