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Juvenile Arrests 2012

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A new bulletin authored by Charles Puzzanchera, Senior Research Associate at the National Center for Juvenile Justice, and published by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention presents the latest statistics on juvenile arrests and trends since 1980. According to the 2012 data, U.S. law enforcement agencies made over 1.3 million arrests of persons younger than 18 years old, 10% fewer than in 2011. Juvenile arrests for Violent Crime Index offenses—murder, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault—declined 10% between 2011 and 2012. As a result, the number of juvenile violent crime arrests in 2012 was at its lowest point since at least 1980. Between 1994 — when the Violent Crime Index arrest rates for juveniles hit a historic high — and 2012, the rate declined 63%.

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