This bulletin from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention describes the latest trends in arrests involving youth younger than 18 from 1980 to 2016, based on analyses of data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program.
Overall, these juvenile arrests have been on the decline for more than a decade. Findings show that, in 2016, the number of juvenile arrests was at its lowest since 1980, with much of the decline occurring within the past 10 years. However, patterns vary by offense and demographics; for example, while both male and female juvenile arrests declined in the last decade, declines have been greater for males in many offense categories. In addition, while juvenile arrest rates for violent crimes such as robbery and aggravated assault have declined in the last five years, the juvenile arrest rate for murder has increased.