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Juvenile Arrests 2009

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This bulletin authored by the National Center for Juvenile Justice and published by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention presents 2009 statistics on juvenile arrests. U.S. law enforcement agencies made an estimated 1.9 million arrests of persons younger than 18 years old, nine percent fewer than in 2008. Juvenile arrests for Violent Crime Index offenses–murder, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault– declined 10% between 2008 and 2009, reaching its lowest level since the early 1990s. Between 1994, when the Violent Crime Index arrest rates for juveniles hit a historic high, and 2009, the rate fell nearly 50% to its lowest level since at least 1980. Additionally, arrest rates for nearly every offense category for both male and female and white and minority youth were down in 2009.

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