Juvenile Crime Statistics

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Juvenile Crime Statistics Mythea Lacy CJA/374 University of Phoenix 09/01/2014 Juvenile Crime Statistics The delinquent juvenile is a person who is under the legal age of adulthood, who is found to have committed a crime in states which have declared by law that a minor lacks responsibility and thus may not be sentenced as an adult. (legal dictionary) This paper will review the fluctuations of the juvenile arrest in the year 2008 and compare female and male juvenile offenders and different arrest rates of specific crimes. Finally, examine the assessment of the tracking tool currently being utilized to monitor the trends of the juvenile crime. The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention reports that from 2007 to 2008 the crimes that were reported to the police had a decrease in arrest. In 2008 there was a slight 3% decrease in the juvenile arrest rate in contrast to the 2007. Though there was a decrease in the reported overall arrest, there was a noticeable decrease in a number of violent crimes for 2006 and 2008. Violent crimes in the report are described as forcible rape, murder, robbery, non-negligent manslaughter, and aggravated assault. There was a 6% decrease of simple assaults that were committed by juveniles in 2008 compared to previous years. In fact many statistics have stated that there was a decreased amount of violent crimes committed by juveniles from 1987 to 2008. Unfortunately, while juvenile arrests were declined to almost 10% less in 2008 the arrests of juveniles for drug offenses was at 180,100 and was an 11% difference from the previous years. The report shows that the rate of drug offenses that were committed by juveniles had a substantial increase over the last few years. There report also represented a focus on female juvenile arrests, which stated that 30% of the juveniles arrested were females. The amount of violent

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