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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 change                 
1998-07 2003-07 2006-07

Total 2,061,900 -14% -1% -2%
Violent Crime Index 96,500 -15% 5% -4%
  Murder and nonnegligent manslaughter 1,300 -35% 6% 5%
  Forcible rape 3,600 -32% -14% 0%
  Robbery 34,400 1% 36% -1%
  Aggravated assault 57,200 -21% -6% -5%
Property Crime Index 416,700 -30% -9% 4%
  Burglary 81,700 -30% -3% -2%
  Larceny-theft 298,500 -28% -7% 8%
  Motor vehicle theft 29,400 -45% -34% -15%
  Arson 7,200 -20% -11% -11%
Nonindex
  Other assaults 241,200 2% 0% -3%
  Forgery and counterfeiting 3,100 -55% -32% -12%
  Fraud 7,200 -61% -3% -3%
  Embezzlement 1,700 11% 49% 22%
  Stolen property (buying, receiving, possessing) 22,200 -34% -9% 5%
  Vandalism 111,300 -12% 5% -5%
  Weapons (carrying, possessing, etc.) 43,600 -2% 12% -7%
  Prostitution and commercialized vice 1,500 5% 6% -5%
  Sex offenses (except forcible rape and prostitution) 15,500 -4% -16% -3%
  Drug abuse violations 195,400 -3% -1% -1%
  Gambling 2,000 69% 21% -4%
  Offenses against the family and children 5,800 -40% -15% 7%
  Driving under the influence 18,100 -14% -13% -9%
  Liquor law violations 139,100 2% 5% 0%
  Drunkenness 16,900 -33% -2% 4%
  Disorderly conduct 203,000 12% 5% -3%
  Vagrancy 3,800 12% 88% -23%
  All other offenses (except traffic) 374,200 -13% -2% -3%
  Curfew and loitering 143,000 -24% 5% -6%
  Runaways* 108,900 -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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