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Juvenile Arrests 1995

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Date Published
February 1997
12 pages

These arrest statistics for juveniles under age 18, based on information from the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting Program, reveal that police agencies made an estimated 2.7 million arrests of persons under age 18 in 1995.


Juveniles accounted for 18 percent of all arrests during the year. In 1995, for the first year in a decade, juvenile arrests for Violent Crime Index Offenses (murder, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault) declined 3 percent. However, the number of juvenile violent crime arrests in 1995 was 12 percent greater than the level in 1991. Juveniles were involved in 32 percent of all robbery arrests, 23 percent of weapon arrests, and 15 percent of murder and aggravated assault arrests in 1995. Juveniles under age 15 were responsible for 30 percent of juvenile violent arrests in 1995, but they accounted for more than half (55 percent) of the decline in these arrests between 1994 and 1994. Less than 0.5 percent of all persons ages 10 through 17 in the United States were arrested for a Violent Crime Index Offense in 1995. Juvenile murder arrests declined 14 percent between 1994 and 1995. Juvenile property crime arrests did not change between 1991 and 1995. Juveniles were involved in 13 percent of all arrests for drug law offenses in 1995. Fifty-seven percent of arrests for running away from home involved females; 44 percent involved juveniles under age 15. Figures, tables, notes, and list of related materials

Date Published: February 1, 1997