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. According to the 2011 data, U.S. law enforcement agencies made an estimated 1.4 million arrests of persons younger than 18 years old, 11% fewer than in 2010. Juvenile arrests for Violent Crime Index offenses--murder, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault-- declined 10% between 2010 and 2011. As a result, the number of juvenile violent crime arrests in 2011 was less than any of the previous 32 years and 15% less than the previous low point in 1984. Between 1994 - when the Violent Crime Index arrest rates for juveniles hit a historic high – and by 2011, the rate was about 60% below the 1994 peak, reaching 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 2011.
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