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Youth Arrests Drop to Lowest Level in 40 Years

Juvenile Arrests, 2019

OJJDP and the National Institute of Justice have released "Juvenile Arrests, 2019." This  bulletin shows juvenile arrests rates have dropped to their lowest level in 40 years.

Findings show that in 2019, law enforcement agencies made an estimated 696,620 arrests of youth under age 18—the lowest number since at least 1980. In addition, juvenile arrests overall fell 58 percent between 2010 and 2019, although patterns vary by demographic group and offense.

"OJJDP remains committed to supporting programs and initiatives aimed at combating juvenile delinquency to help ensure that this trend continues," said OJJDP Acting Administrator Chyrl Jones.

The arrest estimates presented in the report are based on analyses of data provided by local law enforcement agencies to the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting program.


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Date Published: May 7, 2021