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Law Enforcement & Juvenile Crime
Juvenile Arrests
Q: How many arrests are made of persons under age 18?
A: The nearly 2.1 million arrests of juveniles in 2007 was 14% fewer than the number of such arrests in 1998.

Estimated number of juvenile arrests, 2007

Most serious offense Number of
juvenile arrests
Percent of total
juvenile arrests
 
Female Under
age 15
     Percent change      
1998-07 2003-07 2006-07

Total 2,061,900   28 % 28 % -14 % -1 % -2 %
Violent Crime Index 96,500   17   28   -15   5   -4  
  Murder and nonnegligent manslaughter 1,300   8   10   -35   6   5  
  Forcible rape 3,600   2   34   -32   -14   0  
  Robbery 34,400   10   21   1   36   -1  
  Aggravated assault 57,200   23   31   -21   -6   -5  
Property Crime Index 416,700   34   31   -30   -9   4  
  Burglary 81,700   11   30   -30   -3   -2  
  Larceny-theft 298,500   43   31   -28   -7   8  
  Motor vehicle theft 29,400   17   22   -45   -34   -15  
  Arson 7,200   12   59   -20   -11   -11  
Nonindex            
  Other assaults 241,200   34   39   2   0   -3  
  Forgery and counterfeiting 3,100   32   13   -55   -32   -12  
  Fraud 7,200   36   16   -61   -3   -3  
  Embezzlement 1,700   41   4   11   49   22  
  Stolen property (buying, receiving, possessing) 22,200   18   25   -34   -9   5  
  Vandalism 111,300   13   41   -12   5   -5  
  Weapons (carrying, possessing, etc.) 43,600   10   32   -2   12   -7  
  Prostitution and commercialized vice 1,500   77   12   5   6   -5  
  Sex offenses (except forcible rape and prostitution) 15,500   10   48   -4   -16   -3  
  Drug abuse violations 195,400   16   15   -3   -1   -1  
  Gambling 2,000   2   14   69   21   -4  
  Offenses against the family and children 5,800   39   30   -40   -15   7  
  Driving under the influence 18,100   24   3   -14   -13   -9  
  Liquor law violations 139,100   37   9   2   5   0  
  Drunkenness 16,900   26   11   -33   -2   4  
  Disorderly conduct 203,000   33   38   12   5   -3  
  Vagrancy 3,800   29   31   12   88   -23  
  All other offenses (except traffic) 374,200   26   25   -13   -2   -3  
  Curfew and loitering 143,000   31   26   -24   5   -6  
  Runaways* 108,900   56   32   -34   -12   -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 2007, there were an estimated 298,500 juvenile arrests for larceny-theft. Between 1998 and 2007, the number of such arrests fell by nearly one-third (28%).
  • Of the four offenses that make up the Violent Crime Index, only juvenile arrests for murder increased in the last year (up 5%).
  • In 2007, females accounted for 17% of juvenile Violent Crime Index arrests, 34% of juvenile Property Crime Index arrests, and 33% of juvenile disorderly conduct arrests.
  • Youth younger than age 15 accounted for more than one-fourth (28%) of all juvenile arrests for Violent Crime Index offenses in 2007 and nearly one-third (31%) of all Property Crime Index offenses.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/crime/qa05101.asp?qaDate=2007. 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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