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Law Enforcement & Juvenile Crime

Estimated number of arrests by offense and age group, 2017
Gender: All

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Offenses All ages 0 to 17 18 & older 10 to 17 0 to 14 15 to 17 18 to 20 21 to 24 25 & older
All offenses10,554,990809,7009,745,290804,510230,370579,3301,006,7901,436,8907,301,600
Murder and nonnegligent manslaughter12,21091011,290910908301,9002,2607,130
Aggravated assault388,93028,220360,70028,0109,19019,03029,60052,190278,910
Motor vehicle theft91,02016,30074,72016,2903,90012,41010,44012,32051,960
Simple assault1,062,370123,040939,330121,84048,40074,64076,090133,300729,930
Forgery and counterfeiting55,6001,22054,3801,2201701,0506,3107,60040,460
Stolen property (buying, receiving, possessing)98,66010,50088,16010,4802,1508,34011,76014,03062,370
Weapons (carrying, possessing, etc.)164,98018,370146,62018,2205,41012,95020,35029,30096,960
Prostitution and commercialized vice36,25028035,970280402403,6206,11026,240
Sex offenses (except rape & prostitution)NANANANANANANANANA
Drug abuse violations1,632,92094,8301,538,10094,73014,22080,600221,030266,9801,050,080
Offenses against the family and children94,0603,77090,2903,6901,2802,4903,6608,71077,920
Driving under the influence990,6806,080984,6006,0601205,96052,220152,800779,580
Liquor laws207,33033,560173,77033,5403,93029,63089,83014,13069,810
Disorderly conduct353,15062,530290,63062,06024,51038,01031,25045,560213,820
All other offenses (except traffic)3,290,020149,0503,140,960148,07037,660111,390242,800436,0702,462,090
Curfew and loitering30,13030,130029,9708,87021,260000
Property Crime Index1,249,760168,0501,081,700167,11048,280119,780137,280153,200791,220
Violent crimes*495,18048,470446,71048,23012,98035,49048,69069,210328,820

Violent Crime Index includes murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault.

Property Crime Index includes, burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson.

NA: Beginning in 2013, the FBI broadened the definition of rape, removing the phrase "forcible" from the offense name and description. The new definition of rape is: Penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim. The new definition includes the NIBRS offenses of rape, sodomy, and sexual assault with an object.

Law enforcement agencies may submit data on rape arrests based on either the new or legacy definition of rape. Due to differences in agency reporting practices, national estimates for the offenses of "rape" and "sex offenses" are not available after 2012. Additionally, estimates for the Violent Crime Index (which included "forcible rape") are not shown after 2012 as this category is no longer compatible with prior years.

* The "violent crimes" category includes the offenses of murder, robbery, and aggravated assault and is presented as an alternative to the Violent Crime Index, which is not available as a result of the change to the definition of rape in 2013. In any given year prior to the change in the rape definition, these three offenses accounted for more than 95% of arrests for Violent Crime Index offenses.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Estimated number of arrests by offense and age group, 2017. Available: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/crime/ucr.asp?table_in=1. Released on January 01, 2019.

Data source: Arrest estimates for 1980-2014 developed by the Bureau of Justice Statistics and disseminated through "Arrest Data Analysis Tool." Online. Available from the BJS website.

Arrest estimates for 2015 through 2017 developed by the National Center for Juvenile Justice based on data published in the FBI's Crime in the United States reports. These are preliminary estimates that will be updated upon release of final estimates on the Bureau of Justice Statistics' Arrest Data Analysis Tool.


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