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Trends in the Murder of Juveniles: 1980-2000 (NCJ 194609) September 2004
8 page(s)
Harms, P. D., Snyder, H. N.
Draws on statistics from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program—in particular, supplementary homicide report data—to analyze trends in the murder of juveniles between 1980 and 2000. Approximately 434,000 persons were murdered in the United States between 1980 and 2000; about 43,000 (10 percent) of these victims were juveniles. Fortunately, the number of juveniles murdered in 2000 (1,610) was considerably below the number of juveniles murdered in 1993 (2,880)—the peak year in the period covered by the Bulletin. In fact, the 2000 murder rate for juvenile victims was lower than in any of the preceding 20 years. Moreover, the murder rate for juveniles dropped 47 percent in just 7 years (from 1993 to 2000).