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Youngest Offenders, 1996 (FS 9887) November 1998
Fact Sheet
2 page(s)
Puzzanchera, C. M.
Summarizes the arrest profile of youth under age 15. Compared with older juveniles, youth ages 15 and under had a greater proportion of property offense rates (40 percent versus 20 percent) and a greater proportion of person offense rates (15 percent versus 10 percent), but a smaller proportion of drug and alcohol arrests (6 percent versus 18 percent). Since peaking in 1994, both the violent crime and property crime arrest rates for youth under 15 have declined. A table providing the estimated number of juvenile arrests by age group is provided.
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