Juvenile Crime Statistics

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Juvenile Crime Statistics Juvenile Crime Statistics Identifying an adolescent as a juvenile delinquent refers to him or her being involved in activity considered a violation of any Federal, state, or municipal law. Any persons under 18 who commit an illegal act would be classified as a juvenile offender. Over the past 50 years statistics show that cases involving juvenile offenders have increased. In an attempt to provide a closer look on juvenile delinquency, statistical information has been complied to display the specific areas in which such offenses have either increased or decreased. This paper will focus on the juvenile statistics gathered in 2008; the decrease in arrests, increase in narcotic offenses, simple assaults as well as the implications for juvenile females and minorities will be discussed and examined. Overall Decrease In comparison to the statistics gathered in the 90s, in 2008 there was an overall decrease in juvenile delinquent actions and arrests. Most likely in relation to the introduction of crack cocaine in the late 80s, throughout the 90s there was an extensive increase in violent offenses involving juvenile offenders; this is in relation to the increase in gang activity and extensive narcotic trade that took place. In 2008 16% of all violent crime arrests and 26% of all property crime arrests were committed by juveniles (Puzzanchera, 2009). “In 2008, law enforcement agencies in the United States made an estimated 2.11 million arrests of persons younger than age 18.* Overall, there were 3% fewer juvenile arrests in 2008 than in 2007, and juvenile violent crime arrests fell 2%” (Puzzanchera, 2009, p. 1). Although there was a small increase in juvenile offenses during 2008 it was

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