Juvenile Crime Statistics

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Juvenile Crime Statistics Juvenile crime is not a new phenomenon in the United States. Children are committing crimes just the same as adults do. However, between 1981 and 2001, juvenile arrest rates have reduced dramatically. This is reassuring that children committing crimes are decreasing. This paper will discuss the overall decrease in juvenile arrests, the increase of drug offenses and simple assaults, implications for juvenile females and minorities, and an assessment of tracking juvenile arrest as a method of measuring the amount of trends in juvenile crime. Overall Decrease in Juvenile Arrests In 2001, the rate of juvenile arrests for violent crimes was at its lowest peak since 1984. The juvenile arrests were highest in 1994, but continually declined between the years 1994 to 2001. “In the peak year of 1993, there were about 3,800 juvenile arrests for murder. Between 1993 and 2001, juvenile arrests for murder declined, with the number of arrests in 2001 (1,400) about one-third that in 1993” (). There were also declines in arrest rates for juveniles who committed crimes such as burglary which declined 66% between 1980 and 2001, and aggravated assault which declined in the youngest juveniles by 9% and the oldest juveniles at 38% (). In 2001, the arrest rate for juveniles for property related offenses reached the lowest percentage since the 1960’s (). Increase in Drug Offense and Simple Assault However, with the decrease in violent crime arrests among juveniles, the arrest rate for drug offenses and simple assaults increased. Implications for Juvenile Females and Minorities Assessment of Tracking Juvenile Arrest References

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