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Offending by Juveniles
Homicide
Q: What proportion of homicides committed by youth involve multiple offenders?
A: More than half of homicides committed by known juvenile offenders in 2020 involved multiple offenders.

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  • Between 1980 and 2020, the estimated proportion of murders involving a juvenile offender acting alone gradually declined, from 66% in the 1980s, to 59% in the 1990s, to 50% in the 2010s. By 2020, of all homicides involving a juvenile offender, 45% were juveniles acting alone. Comparatively, the proportion of murders committed by juveniles and adults increased from 25% in the 1980s to 41% in the last 10 years. By 2020, 43% of homicides committed by juveniles involved juveniles and adults.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/offenders/qa03106.asp?qaDate=2020. Released on December 09, 2021.

Data Source: Federal Bureau of Investigation. Supplementary Homicide Reports for the years 19802020 [machine-readable data files]. Washington, D.C.: FBI.

 

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