|Comparing Adult & Juvenile Offenders
||What time of day are adults and juveniles most likely to commit violent crimes?
||Unlike violent crime by adult offenders, violent crime by juvenile offenders peaks in the late afternoon.
Note: Violent crimes include murder, violent sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, and simple assault. Data are from law enforcement agencies in 35 states and the District of Columbia.
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- In general, the number of violent crimes committed by adults increases hourly from 6 a.m. through the afternoon and evening hours, peaks at 10 p.m., and then drops to a low point at 6 a.m. In contrast, violent crimes by juveniles peak in the afternoon between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m., the hour at the end of the school day.
- Nearly one-third (29%) of all violent crime committed by juvenile offenders occurs between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. In comparison, 26% of all violent committed by adult offenders occurs between 8 p.m. and 12 p.m.
Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book
. Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/offenders/qa03401.asp?qaDate=2008.
Released on December 21, 2010.
Adapted from Snyder, H. & Sickmund, M. (2006). Juvenile Offenders and Victims: 2006 National Report
, Chapter 3. Washington, D.C.: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
Data Source: National Archive of Criminal Justice Data. National Incident-Based Reporting System, 2008: Extract Files
[Computer file]. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2010-08-13.
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