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Juveniles as Offenders
Homicide
Q: What proportion of homicides committed by juveniles involve multiple offenders?
A: About half of the number of homicides committed by known juvenile offenders in 2011 involved multiple offenders.

Estimated proportion of victims killed by juvenile offenders, 1980-2011

Year Only one juvenile Juveniles only Juvenile & adults

1980 68 % 9 % 23 %
1981 65   9   26  
1982 62   10   28  
1983 68   9   23  
1984 67   11   22  
1985 66   9   25  
1986 66   9   25  
1987 67   9   24  
1988 63   11   26  
1989 64   10   26  
1990 58   12   30  
1991 59   10   32  
1992 62   11   27  
1993 60   12   28  
1994 58   12   31  
1995 57   11   32  
1996 57   11   32  
1997 58   12   31  
1998 59   10   32  
1999 59   9   32  
2000 58   11   32  
2001 54   8   38  
2002 52   9   39  
2003 56   10   34  
2004 55   10   35  
2005 52   10   38  
2006 50   10   40  
2007 52   9   39  
2008 50   10   40  
2009 51   9   41  
2010 48   9   43  
2011 50   8   42  

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  • Between 1980 and 2011, the estimated proportion of murders involving a juvenile offender acting alone gradually declined, from 66% in the 1980s, to 59% in the 1990s, to 51% in the last 10 years. Comparatively, the proportion of murders committed by juveniles and adults increased from 25% in the 1980s to 39% in the last 10 years.
  • Between 1993 and 2011, murders by juveniles acting alone fell 75%, murders involving multiple juvenile offenders fell 81%, and murders committed by juveniles and adults declined 54%.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/offenders/qa03106.asp?qaDate=2011. Released on August 05, 2013.

Data Source: Federal Bureau of Investigation. Supplementary Homicide Reports for the years 19802011 [machine-readable data files]. Washington, D.C.: FBI.

 

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