NATION'S YOUNGER TEENS EXPERIENCED LARGEST DECREASE IN CRIME VICTIMIZATIONS BETWEEN 1993 AND 2003
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Juveniles 12-17 years old, like all other age groups, experienced a decline in violent crime victimizations from 1993 through 2003, with younger teens, 12-14 years old, having the largest decreases, the Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Statistics announced today. For juveniles 12-17 years old, the violent crime victimization rate fell from an estimated 130 victims per 1,000 teenagers in 1993 to about 60 per 1,000 in 2003. The decline occurred in all crime categories and among all racial and ethnic groups. The violent crime rate for younger teens fell by about 59 percent during the decade, compared to 50 percent and 53 percent declines for the older teens (15-17 years old) and adults respectively.
The data were compiled from the Bureau of Justice Statistics' National Crime Victimization Survey and the FBI's Supplemental Homicide Reports, which also found:
The report, "Juvenile Victimization and Offending, 1993-2003" (NCJ-209468), was written by BJS statistician Katrina Baum. An electronic version of the document can be accessed at: www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/abstract/jvo03.htm.
Additional information about BJS statistical reports and programs is available from the BJS website at www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs.
The Office of Justice Programs provides federal leadership in developing the nation's capacity to prevent and control crime, administer justice and assist victims. OJP is headed by an Assistant Attorney General and comprises five component bureaus and two offices: the Bureau of Justice Assistance; the Bureau of Justice Statistics; the National Institute of Justice; the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; and the Office for Victims of Crime, as well as the Office of the Police Corps and Law Enforcement Education and the Community Capacity Development Office, which incorporates the Weed and Seed strategy and OJP's American Indian and Alaska Native Affairs Desk. More information can be found at www.ojp.usdoj.gov.