Juvenile Offenders and Victims: National Report Series, Juvenile Arrests 2012 (December 2014)   [open pdf - 434KB]

"This bulletin provides an overview of the nation's juvenile crime problem by analyzing arrest data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Uniform Crime Reporting Program. Because this bulletin is produced annually, it is a useful tool for juvenile justice practitioners, researchers, policymakers, and others who seek to prevent, intervene in, and respond to juvenile delinquency. Specifically, the cumulative data can reveal shifts in juvenile offending patterns; signal any disparities in how youth of different races, genders, and circumstances are treated; and highlight areas where treatment and services can be improved. Over the past decade, we have seen a significant drop in juvenile arrest rates nationwide. In fact, trends since 1980 reveal that arrest rates in 2012 for all crime index offense categories were at historic low levels. The number of juvenile arrests dropped 10 percent between 2011 and 2012 and has dropped 37 percent since 2003, which is very encouraging. Even so, accumulating evidence points to the detrimental effects on healthy adolescent development that system involvement and confinement impose. As a result, many state and local juvenile justice agencies are striving to implement more developmentally based and trauma-informed legislation, policies, and practices to keep juveniles out of the juvenile justice system in the first place. It is OJJDP's [Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention] hope that the information provided in this bulletin will guide the reform efforts to significantly reduce the rate of juvenile arrests over time, ensure more fair and appropriate services for system-involved juveniles, and secure better long-term prospects for these youth, their families, and their communities."

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