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Law Enforcement & Juvenile Crime
Juvenile Arrest Rate Trends
The juvenile arrest rate for burglary declined consistently and substantially (75%) between 1980 and 2011.

Juvenile Arrest Rates for Burglary, 1980-2011

Year Total
1980 728.4
1981 707.4
1982 684.6
1983 609.8
1984 553.0
1985 585.2
1986 568.7
1987 551.7
1988 547.4
1989 535.7
1990 506.0
1991 514.6
1992 494.8
1993 467.9
1994 473.1
1995 443.3
1996 430.9
1997 405.3
1998 356.0
1999 298.0
2000 283.6
2001 264.4
2002 251.5
2003 243.9
2004 234.3
2005 225.7
2006 240.7
2007 236.5
2008 244.2
2009 220.0
2010 192.4
2011 183.7

Note: Rates are arrests of persons ages 10-17 per 100,000 persons ages 10-17 in the resident population.

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  • Unique in the set of Property Crime Index offenses, the juvenile arrest rate for burglary declined consistently and fell substantially between 1980 and 2011, down 75%.
  • The large decline in juvenile burglary arrests from 1980 through 2011 was not replicated in the adult statistics. For example, between 2002 and 2011, the number of juvenile burglary arrests fell 28%, while adult burglary arrests increased 16%.
  • In 1980, 45% of all burglary arrests were arrests of a juvenile; in 2011, reflecting the greater decline in juvenile arrests, just 21% of burglary arrests were juvenile arrests.


Internet Citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available:
http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/crime/JAR_Display.asp?ID=qa05207. 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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