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Juvenile Arrests 2012 (NCJ 248513) December 2014
OJJDP National Report Series
12 page(s)
Charles Puzzanchera
Part of the Juvenile Officers and Victims National Report Series, this bulletin summarizes 2012 juvenile crime and arrest data reported by local law enforcement agencies through the country as cited in the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program and the report Crime in the United States 2012. Despite the significant drop in juvenile arrest rates nationwide over the past decade and historically low arrest rates in 2012 for all crime index offense categories, however, accumulating evidence points to the detrimental effects imposed on healthy adolescent development by juvenile justice system involvement and confinement. Many agencies are now implementing more developmentally based and trauma-informed laws, policies, and practices to keep juveniles out of the system. This bulletin guides reform efforts to reduce juvenile arrests over time and ensure more fair and appropriate services and better long-term prospects for system-involved juveniles and their families.