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Law Enforcement & Juvenile Crime
Juvenile Arrests
Q: What proportion of arrests involve persons under age 18?
A: Juveniles were involved in about 1 in 13 arrests for murder in 2011, about 1 in 5 arrests for robbery, burglary, and larceny-theft.

Juvenile proportion of arrests by offense, 2011

Offense Percent

All Arrests 11 %
Violent Crime Index 13  
Property Crime Index 20  
   
Arson 42  
Vandalism 29  
Disorderly conduct 24  
Robbery 22  
Motor vehicle theft 21  
Burglary 21  
Larceny-theft 20  
Weapons 18  
Sex offense 18  
Liquor laws 18  
Other assaults 15  
Forcible rape 14  
Stolen property 14  
Aggravated assault 10  
Drug abuse violations 10  
Murder 8  
Fraud 3  
Offenses against the family 3  
Drunkenness 2  
Prostitution 2  
DUI 1  

Note: The Violent Crime Index includes the offenses of murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. The Property Crime Index includes the offenses of burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson. Running away from home and curfew and loitering violations are not presented in this figure because, by definition, only juveniles can be arrested for these offenses.

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  • More than one-fifth (22%) of all persons arrested for robbery in 2011 were under age 18, substantially above the juvenile proportion of arrests in other violent offenses: forcible rape (14%), aggravated assault (10%), and murder (8%).

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/crime/qa05102.asp?qaDate=2011. Released on February 25, 2014.

Adapted from Puzzanchera, C. (2013). Juvenile Arrests 2011. 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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