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Law Enforcement & Juvenile Crime
Juvenile Arrests
Q: How many arrests are made of persons under age 18?
A: The 1.6 million arrests of juveniles in 2010 was 21% fewer than the number of such arrests in 2001.

Estimated number of juvenile arrests, 2010

Most serious offense Number of
juvenile arrests
Percent of total
juvenile arrests
 
Female Under
age 15
     Percent change      
2001-10 2006-10 2009-10

Total 1,642,500   29 % 27 % -21 % -22 % -9 %
Violent Crime Index 75,900   18   27   -22   -24   -12  
  Murder and nonnegligent manslaughter 1,000   10   9   -20   -21   -14  
  Forcible rape 2,900   2   33   -37   -20   -8  
  Robbery 27,200   10   19   3   -22   -14  
  Aggravated assault 44,800   25   31   -31   -26   -10  
Property Crime Index 366,600   38   28   -25   -9   -12  
  Burglary 65,200   11   27   -27   -22   -13  
  Larceny-theft 281,100   45   28   -18   2   -12  
  Motor vehicle theft 15,800   16   20   -67   -54   -21  
  Arson 4,600   13   58   -52   -44   -15  
Nonindex            
  Other assaults 210,200   35   38   -13   -16   -4  
  Forgery and counterfeiting 1,700   27   12   -71   -52   -21  
  Fraud 5,800   34   16   -58   -23   -6  
  Embezzlement 400   41   5   -77   -68   -27  
  Stolen property (buying, receiving, possessing) 14,600   16   22   -43   -31   -22  
  Vandalism 77,100   15   39   -27   -34   -15  
  Weapons (carrying, possessing, etc.) 31,400   11   33   -15   -33   -7  
  Prostitution and commercialized vice 1,000   82   11   -29   -33   -23  
  Sex offenses (except forcible rape and prostitution) 13,000   10   48   -30   -19   -4  
  Drug abuse violations 170,600   16   18   -15   -13   0  
  Gambling 1,400   3   11   31   -37   -24  
  Offenses against the family and children 3,800   35   32   -58   -30   -15  
  Driving under the influence 12,000   25   2   -42   -40   -11  
  Liquor law violations 94,700   39   10   -13   -32   -14  
  Drunkenness 12,700   27   12   -38   -22   -8  
  Disorderly conduct 155,900   34   37   -6   -25   -8  
  Vagrancy 2,100   23   28   -22   -57   -22  
  All other offenses (except traffic) 296,800   26   23   -22   -23   -8  
  Curfew and loitering 94,800   30   25   -34   -38   -16  
  Runaways* n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a  

*As of 2010, the FBI no longer reports arrests for running away.

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  • In 2010, there were an estimated 170,600 juvenile arrests for drug abuse violations. Between 2001 and 2010, the number of such arrests fell 15%.
  • All four offenses that make up the Violent Crime Index decreased in the last year: murder (down 14%), rape (8%), robbery (14%), and aggravated assault (10%).
  • In 2010, females accounted for 18% of juvenile Violent Crime Index arrests, 38% of juvenile Property Crime Index arrests, and 45% of juvenile larceny-theft arrests.
  • Youth younger than age 15 accounted for more than one-fourth of all juvenile arrests for both Violent Crime Index offenses (27%) and Property Crime Index offenses (28%) in 2010.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/crime/qa05101.asp?qaDate=2010. Revised on December 17, 2012.

Adapted from Puzzanchera, C. (2013). Juvenile Arrests 2010. Washington, D.C.: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

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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