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Law Enforcement & Juvenile Crime
Juvenile Arrests
Q: How do juvenile arrest rates vary by State?
A: State variations in juvenile arrest rates may reflect differences in juvenile law-violating behavior, police behavior, and/or community standards; therefore, comparisons should be made with caution.

Juvenile arrest rates by State, 2009

State Reporting
Coverage
Violent
Crime
Index
Property
Crime
Index
Drug
abuse
Weapons

United States 84%   274   1,336   532   103  
Alabama 78%   158   951   208   31  
Alaska 98%   259   1,390   405   50  
Arizona 99%   189   1,542   761   55  
Arkansas 85%   133   1,258   327   54  
California 99%   372   1,065   537   174  

Colorado 90%   176   1,660   687   102  
Connecticut 100%   310   1,082   441   77  
Delaware 100%   553   1,824   740   152  
District of Columbia 0%   NA   NA   NA   NA  
Florida 100%   407   1,851   652   82  

Georgia 69%   286   1,441   455   140  
Hawaii 89%   222   1,598   447   29  
Idaho 98%   117   1,664   460   78  
Illinois 23%   924   1,732   1,736   291  
Indiana 73%   231   1,574   453   58  

Iowa 92%   235   1,751   357   38  
Kansas 64%   145   1,198   413   51  
Kentucky 53%   176   1,112   368   40  
Louisiana 54%   627   1,749   536   95  
Maine 100%   57   1,478   488   37  

Maryland 100%   537   1,834   1,089   179  
Massachusetts 93%   291   556   112   39  
Michigan 96%   200   1,022   340   68  
Minnesota 97%   187   1,894   511   114  
Mississippi 55%   136   1,582   418   130  

Missouri 93%   286   1,918   584   103  
Montana 93%   127   1,681   331   14  
Nebraska 89%   159   2,153   658   78  
Nevada 96%   361   1,690   664   134  
New Hampshire 88%   75   940   642   12  

New Jersey 98%   312   911   603   147  
New Mexico 76%   253   1,589   621   122  
New York 55%   239   1,079   476   60  
North Carolina 74%   266   1,439   401   175  
North Dakota 95%   95   2,115   471   47  

Ohio 70%   145   1,001   295   62  
Oklahoma 96%   174   1,482   477   74  
Oregon 94%   150   1,683   598   60  
Pennsylvania 94%   373   988   429   103  
Rhode Island 97%   191   1,108   535   167  

South Carolina 96%   241   1,176   545   118  
South Dakota 83%   77   1,960   635   90  
Tennessee 78%   313   1,480   589   130  
Texas 98%   174   1,198   583   51  
Utah 99%   105   1,961   558   112  

Vermont 97%   73   599   233   25  
Virginia 95%   103   869   307   52  
Washington 73%   240   1,517   439   100  
West Virginia 51%   63   707   227   23  
Wisconsin 95%   245   2,429   723   195  
Wyoming 99%   85   1,813   813   63  

NA = Crime in the United States 2009 reported no arrest counts for the District of Columbia.

Note: In this table the arrest rate is defined as the number of arrests of persons under age 18 for every 100,000 persons ages 10-17. Juvenile arrests (arrests of youth under age 18) reported at the State level in Crime in the United States cannot be disaggregated into more detailed age categories so that the arrests of persons under age 10 can be excluded in the rate calculation.

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  • 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.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/crime/qa05103.asp?qaDate=2009. Released on October 16, 2011.

Adapted from Puzzanchera, C. and Adams, B. (2011). Juvenile Arrests 2009. Washington, D.C.: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

 

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