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Juvenile Arrest Rate Trends
The juvenile Property Crime Index arrest rate in 2011 was at its lowest point in more than 30 years.

Juvenile Arrest Rates for Property Crime Index Offenses, 1980-2011

Juvenile Arrest Rates for Property Crime Index Offenses

Note: Rates are arrests of persons ages 10-17 per 100,000 persons ages 10-17 in the resident population. The Property Crime Index includes the offenses of burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson.

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  • The relatively stable juvenile arrest rate trend between 1980 and the mid-1990s for Property Crime Index offenses stands in stark contrast to the Violent Crime Index arrest rate trend.
  • Between 1980 and 1994, the juvenile arrest rate for Property Crime Index offenses varied little, always remaining within 10% of the average for the period.
  • After years of relative stability, the juvenile Property Crime Index arrest rate began a decline in the mid-1990s that continued annually until reaching a then historic low in 2006, down 54% from its 1988 peak.
  • This nearly two-decade decline was followed by a 10% increase over the next 2 years, and then a 22% decline since 2008. As a result, juveniles were far less likely to be arrested for property crimes in 2011 than they were 30 years earlier.
  • In 2011, for every 100,000 youth in the U.S. ages 10 to 17, there were 995 arrests of juveniles for Property Crime Index offenses.


Internet Citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available:
http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/crime/JAR_Display.asp?ID=qa05206. February 25, 2014.

Adapted from Puzzanchera, C. (2013). Juvenile Arrests 2011. Washington, D.C.: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

 

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