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Law Enforcement & Juvenile Crime
Juvenile Arrests
Q: How many arrests are made of persons under age 18?
A: The nearly 2.2 million arrests of juveniles in 2006 was 20% fewer than the number of arrests in 1997.

Estimated number of juvenile arrests, 2006

Most serious offense Number of
juvenile arrests
Percent of total
juvenile arrests
 
Female Under
age 15
     Percent change      
1997-06 2002-06 2005-06

Total 2,098,900   27 % 29 % -20 % -1 % 3 %
Violent Crime Index 100,200   17   29   -20   8   5  
  Murder and nonnegligent manslaughter 1,300   6   8   -47   -4   1  
  Forcible rape 3,600   2   36   -34   -23   -10  
  Robbery 34,800   9   23   -13   42   20  
  Aggravated assault 60,500   23   33   -21   -3   -1  
Property Crime Index 402,600   32   33   -43   -16   -4  
  Burglary 83,500   11   32   -36   -3   7  
  Larceny-theft 276,500   40   34   -44   -18   -6  
  Motor vehicle theft 34,600   17   23   -47   -25   -9  
  Arson 8,100   14   58   -24   -1   1  
Nonindex            
  Other assaults 249,600   34   40   2   5   0  
  Forgery and counterfeiting 3,500   33   11   -58   -30   -16  
  Fraud 7,500   34   16   -62   -13   -4  
  Embezzlement 1,400   44   4   6   1   20  
  Stolen property (buying, receiving, possessing) 21,200   15   25   -46   -17   -5  
  Vandalism 117,300   13   41   -15   12   13  
  Weapons (carrying, possessing, etc.) 46,900   10   34   -10   33   5  
  Prostitution and commercialized vice 1,600   74   13   12   9   -2  
  Sex offenses (except forcible rape and prostitution) 16,000   10   47   -16   -18   -5  
  Drug abuse violations 197,100   16   15   -9   6   2  
  Gambling 2,100   4   15   20   42   5  
  Offenses against the family and children 5,400   39   31   -46   -42   -4  
  Driving under the influence 19,900   23   3   1   -8   11  
  Liquor law violations 139,300   36   9   0   -4   12  
  Drunkenness 16,300   25   11   -33   -13   3  
  Disorderly conduct 209,000   33   39   -3   8   2  
  Vagrancy 4,900   30   33   36   146   28  
  All other offenses (except traffic) 384,000   27   26   -16   -3   5  
  Curfew and loitering 152,900   31   28   -16   8   9  
  Runaways* 114,200   57   33   -42   -9   5  

*As of 2010, the FBI no longer reports arrests for running away. As a result of this change, all versions of this table prior to 2010 have been revised to remove the estimated number of runaway arrests from the estimated number of all juvenile arrests.

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  • In 2006, law enforcement agencies made an estimated 60,500 juvenile arrests for aggravated assault. Between 1997 and 2006, the annual number of such arrests fell 21%.
  • Between 1995 and 2004, juvenile robbery and aggravated assault arrests declined substantially (donw 55% and 29%, respectively). However, in the next two years, while juvenile aggravated assault arrests continued to fall (slightly), juvenile arrests for robbery grew at a disturbing rate (15% in 2005 and 20% in 2006).
  • In 2006, females accounted for 29% of all juvenile arrests, 17% of juvenile Violent Crime Index arrests and 32% of juvenile Property Crime Index arrests.
  • In 2006, youth under the age of 15 accounted for 29% of all Violent Crime Index arrests and one-third of all Property Crime Index arrests.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/crime/qa05101.asp?qaDate=2006. Revised on December 17, 2012.

Data Source: Arrest estimates developed by the Bureau of Justice Statistics and disseminated through “Arrest Data Analysis Tool.” Online. Available from the BJS website.

 

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