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Juvenile Arrests, 2017 (NCJ 252713) August 2019
OJJDP National Report Series
16 page(s)
This bulletin documents the latest trends in arrests involving juveniles (youth younger than age 18) by drawing on arrest estimates developed by the Bureau of Justice Statistics and the National Center for Juvenile Justice based on analyses of data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Uniform Crime Reporting program. Arrests of juveniles peaked in 1996, at nearly 2.7 million, and have since declined—the number in 2017 was 70 percent below the 1996 peak. In comparison, arrests of adults fell 21 percent during the same period. The juvenile arrest rate for aggravated assault declined in the past 5 years, the robbery arrest rate stayed about the same, and the murder arrest rate increased annually since 2012. By 2017, juvenile arrest rates for larceny-theft, burglary, and arson were at their lowest levels since at least 1980, while rates for motor vehicle theft increased annually since 2013. Male and female juvenile arrest rates have declined in the past 10 years; however, the relative declines have been greater for males than for females across many offenses.