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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, 2018

State Reporting
Coverage
Aggravated
assault
Robbery Larceny
Drug
abuse
Weapons
United States 82% 84 52 413 269 50
Alabama 63% 48 35 306 41 28
Alaska 99% 187 27 561 234 23
Arizona 92% 95 56 476 467 36
Arkansas 88% 104 29 508 330 41
California 100% 97 73 185 73 68
Colorado 87% 87 42 626 447 55
Connecticut 97% 40 44 394 142 44
Delaware 100% 216 93 593 302 89
District of Columbia 0% NA NA NA NA NA
Florida 100% 95 57 659 280 41
Georgia 64% 71 31 424 276 52
Hawaii 81% 46 44 297 324 12
Idaho 89% 62 10 531 504 51
Illinois 22% 59 190 633 281 209
Indiana 60% 96 38 412 267 47
Iowa 0% NA NA NA NA NA
Kansas 45% 19 3 73 141 2
Kentucky 78% 19 16 193 72 7
Louisiana 85% 204 49 891 362 106
Maine 100% 19 13 568 256 5
Maryland 97% 128 178 629 347 104
Massachusetts 85% 66 16 113 24 13
Michigan 99% 63 23 308 168 29
Minnesota 99% 71 60 715 291 54
Mississippi 39% 32 22 441 149 54
Missouri 88% 89 48 522 365 43
Montana 94% 61 10 688 370 15
Nebraska 79% 39 54 858 605 47
Nevada 99% 305 98 408 402 75
New Hampshire 97% 29 13 288 284 3
New Jersey 88% 56 46 229 349 59
New Mexico 67% 128 15 319 315 44
New York 49% 62 53 392 298 33
North Carolina 52% 55 75 486 257 70
North Dakota 100% 86 12 592 584 31
Ohio 77% 55 30 326 183 36
Oklahoma 98% 64 22 393 274 35
Oregon 89% 58 31 490 471 28
Pennsylvania 99% 128 64 377 268 59
Rhode Island 100% 67 46 423 108 89
South Carolina 87% 69 41 529 445 94
South Dakota 92% 75 19 750 935 108
Tennessee 94% 133 63 595 368 65
Texas 93% 73 40 326 318 29
Utah 84% 56 26 710 636 39
Vermont 98% 37 7 185 70 22
Virginia 97% 34 40 367 261 36
Washington 85% 71 52 364 168 34
West Virginia 58% 33 3 56 69 9
Wisconsin 99% 91 44 792 540 76
Wyoming 88% 93 2 729 1,082 30

NA = Crime in the United States 2018 reported no arrest counts for the District of Columbia and Iowa.

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=2018. Released on October 31, 2019.

Data Source: Adapted from the FBI's 2018 Crime in the United States Report [Tables 5 and 69].

 

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