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NCJJ's latest Juvenile Arrest bulletin describes trends in youth arrests through 2016

December 20, 2018

Authored by Charles Puzzanchera, Senior Research Associate at the National Center for Juvenile Justice, Juvenile Arrests 2016 presents the latest statistics on juvenile arrests and trends since 1980.

Highlights from the bulletin:Juvenile Arrests 2016

  • In 2016, law enforcement agencies made an estimated 856,130 arrests of youth younger than 18—the fewest arrests of juveniles in nearly four decades.
  • Juvenile arrest rates for violent crimes, such as robbery and aggravated assault, have declined in the last 5 years. Conversely, juvenile arrest rates for murder have increased since 2012.
  • Juvenile arrest rates for property crimes have declined in recent years. By 2016, juvenile arrest rates for larceny-theft, burglary, and arson were at their lowest levels since at least 1980.
  • Following 6 years of decline, the juvenile arrest rate for drug law violations in 2016 was at its lowest level since the early 1990s.

Download the bulletin from: Arrests Bulletins/251861.pdf

More information is available from the Statistical Briefing Book:
FAQs about Law Enforcement and Juvenile Crime
Learn more about Juvenile Arrest Rate Trends
Download a spreadsheet of Juvenile Arrest Rates