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The Decline in Arrests of Juveniles Continued Through 2019

NCJ Number
Charles Puzzanchera
Date Published
November 2020
1 page

Trends in juvenile arrests in the United States from 1983 through 2019 are estimated, based on data from the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting Program.


After declining 67 percent since 2006, the number of juvenile arrests reached a new low in 2019. The number of juvenile arrests for violent crimes declined 50 percent between 2006 and 2019. By 2019, arrest rates for violent crimes decreased substantially from the 1994 peak for every age group younger than 45 years old. Youth under age 15 and female juveniles accounted for about one-third of juvenile arrests in 2019. Juvenile arrests for property crime index offenses decreased 73 percent between 2008 and 2019. 4 figures