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Trends in Juvenile Crime Arrest Rates

"The juvenile violent crime arrest rate in 1988 was nearly identical to the rate in 1980; in fact, this rate had changed little since the early 1970's. However, between 1987 and 1994, the rate increased 71%. This steady increase after years of stability focused national attention on the juvenile violent crime problem. Since 1980, juvenile property crime arrest rates (as measured by the Property Crime Index) remained constant. Therefore, juvenile arrests from 1980 through 1995 can be conceptualized as a large, stable base of property arrests supporting a relatively small, but growing layer of violent crime arrests." (Juvenile Justice Bulletin, Juvenile Arrests 1995, by Howard N. Snyder, pages 4 & 6)

Trends in Juvenile Crime Arrest Rates

  Violent Crime Index Property Crime Index
1980 334.1 2562.2
1981 322.6 2442.8
1982 314.5 2373.3
1983 296 2244.4
1984 297.5 2220.6
1985 303 2370.6
1986 316.7 2427.1
1987 310.6 2451.4
1988 326.5 2418.7
1989 381.5 2433.7
1990 428.6 2564.6
1991 461.6 2614.6
1992 482.6 2525.2
1993 509.7 2456.2
1994 532 2571.4
1995 510.3 2454.4
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