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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, 2010

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

United States 84% 233 1,133 511 92
Alabama 72% 80 495 85 19
Alaska 99% 248 1,329 391 35
Arizona 90% 182 1,426 798 49
Arkansas 74% 130 984 326 49
California 96% 304 922 560 162

Colorado 89% 156 1,424 684 90
Connecticut 95% 212 849 412 66
Delaware 100% 368 1,452 637 127
District of Columbia 0% NA NA NA NA
Florida 100% 343 1,530 589 67

Georgia 81% 192 1,200 368 104
Hawaii 89% 217 1,284 365 18
Idaho 94% 93 1,456 505 77
Illinois 23% 815 1,449 1,591 275
Indiana 59% 143 1,198 435 50

Iowa 88% 203 1,616 426 40
Kansas 69% 149 976 500 37
Kentucky 70% 125 754 234 33
Louisiana 58% 503 1,517 518 82
Maine 100% 55 1,346 440 44

Maryland 83% 522 1,697 1,052 185
Massachusetts 94% 259 449 107 35
Michigan 94% 179 880 313 63
Minnesota 100% 160 1,507 498 92
Mississippi 53% 119 1,350 324 125

Missouri 93% 222 1,537 515 70
Montana 87% 120 1,570 404 23
Nebraska 90% 109 1,920 770 86
Nevada 89% 300 1,492 778 105
New Hampshire 87% 93 825 637 17

New Jersey 98% 243 736 517 118
New Mexico 88% 240 1,488 807 120
New York 50% 221 1,084 506 58
North Carolina 83% 211 1,177 339 172
North Dakota 90% 92 1,693 574 22

Ohio 74% 111 771 272 54
Oklahoma 99% 149 1,167 426 65
Oregon 87% 147 1,635 708 55
Pennsylvania 97% 355 874 413 99
Rhode Island 99% 198 901 461 145

South Carolina 95% 186 1,110 587 114
South Dakota 78% 109 1,818 755 97
Tennessee 78% 383 1,352 591 120
Texas 99% 146 1,049 535 40
Utah 97% 90 1,748 550 99

Vermont 87% 66 469 187 9
Virginia 98% 112 763 311 53
Washington 78% 211 1,201 470 92
West Virginia 80% 59 346 156 8
Wisconsin 89% 237 1,904 676 153
Wyoming 99% 96 1,636 1,057 82

NA = Crime in the United States 2010 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=2010. Released on December 17, 2012.

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

 

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