Juvenile Crime Statistics Paper

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Juvenile Crime Statistics Paper Shirley Giron September 19, 2014 CJA/374 William O’Neil Juvenile Crime Statistics Since the beginning of time crime and criminal activity has been an uproar among society. Most criminal begin at delinquency and continue committing criminal activities till adulthood. According to the 2008 juvenile crime report, juveniles make up a 2.11 million arrests, 16% of all violent crime arrests (Puzzanchera, 2009). The findings were made from data reported from local law enforcement agencies that were than accumulated in the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report (UCR) Program. UCR states there has been 3% decline on juvenile arrests, arrest include murder, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault (Puzzanchera, 2009). The juvenile arrest rate for simple assault rate in 2008 has declined slightly over the years. Although arrests for forcible rape and aggravated assault have decreased, arrests for robbery increased more than 46% since 2004 (Puzzanchera, 2009). Explanations for the decline include change in demographics, lengthened imprisonment, policing improvements, and a growing cultural intolerance for violent behavior (Butts, 2001). More communities have joined together to reduce crimes rates in the area, unfortunately some urban areas seem to have no hope of reconciling the crime rates. Puzzanchera states “the U.S. juvenile arrests in 2008 involved 47% in white youth, 52% involved black youth, 1% involved Asian youth, and 1% involved American Indian youth” (Puzzanchera, 2009). Minority youth, specifically black youth, face a higher probability of being arrested by the police than white youth, due to discrimination or probable cause. According to Puzzanchera, “the Violent Crime Index arrest rate in 2008 for black juveniles was about 5 times the rate for white juveniles, 6 times the rate for American Indian juveniles, and 13 times the
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