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Juvenile Arrest Rate Trends
After a period of increase between 1982 and 1994, the juvenile arrest rate for vandalism fell 59% between 1994 and 2011.

Juvenile Arrest Rates for Vandalism, 1980-2011

Juvenile Arrest Rates for Vandalism

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

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  • The juvenile arrest rate for vandalism rose 44% between 1982 and 1994, its peak year in the 1980-2011 period.
  • The rate declined 38% between 1994 and 2001, then was relatively stable through the mid-2000s. Following an increase between 2005-2006, the rate declined 40% by 2011, resting at a level 46% below that of 1980.
  • About 15% of juvenile arrests for vandalism were arrests of females in 2011 and 39% were arrests of youth under age 15.

Internet Citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available:
http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/crime/JAR_Display.asp?ID=qa05212. February 25, 2014.


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