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Age-specific Arrest Rate Trends
Q: What is the trend for age-specific arrest rates for robbery?
A: Since 1980, robbery arrest rates have decreased for nearly all age groups - the decrease was greater for juveniles than adults.
Robbery arrests per 100,000 population, 1980, 1994, 2011

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  • In comparison to aggravated assault, robbery arrest rates increased less across age groups between 1980 and 1994.
  • Between 1994 and 2011, robbery arrest rates declined for all age groups, but the declines were somewhat greater for juveniles than for adults. More specifically, the rates dropped 59% for youth ages 15-17, compared with 37% for adults ages 18-24, 44% for those ages 25-29, and 46% for those ages 30-39.
  • Overall from 1980 to 2011, robbery arrest rates for youth ages 15-17 decreased 45%. In comparison, the robbery arrest rates for adults showed smaller declines or increased. More specifically, the rates decreased 34% for adults ages 18-24, 36% for adults ages 25-29, and 24% for those ages 30-34. The rate increased 25% among those ages 40-44 and 53% for those ages 45-49.
  • Across all juvenile age groups, age-specific robbery arrest rates in 2011 were at their lowest level since at least 1980.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/crime/qa05304.asp?qaDate=2011. Released on February 25, 2014.

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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