Data Snapshot: Arrest Characteristics of Older Juveniles and Young Adults

Awards_OJJDPThis data snapshot from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention examines characteristics of arrests involving older youth and young adults. Findings in the report include that in 1980, half of all arrests involved people ages 15 to 24, and that the proportion fell to 29 percent by 2017; that the proportion of person and property arrests was greater for older juveniles than young adults in 2017; and that arrest rates have declined 60 percent for ages 15–17, 50 percent for ages 18–20, and 31 percent for ages 21–24 since 2008.