Juvenile Crime Statistics

Juvenile Crime Statistics
CJA/ 374 Juvenile Justice System and Processes
August 27, 2012

Juvenile Crime Statistics
      Juvenile crimes and arrest overall in 2008 decreased. The arrest statistics are a   an approximation, a method of measurement created by the flow of   juvenile arrests reported   into the justice system, that only counts the most serious offense at the time of the arrest. All across the country law enforcement agencies submit their finding to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program.   This information is then gathered and submitted into the annual United States statistical report, used to define and categorized all juvenile crimes.
Decrease in Juvenile Arrest
      According to Charles Puzzanchera, in 2008, there was a 3% decrease in juvenile arrest when compared with 2007. Charles Puzzanchera, stated that “In 2008, law enforcement agencies in the United States made an estimated 2.11 million arrest” on juveniles. The FBI requires law enforcement agencies to categorize an arrest by the most serious offense charged at the time of the arrest. “Arrest rates are calculated by dividing the number of youth arrests made through out that one year in the reported jurisdictions” (Puzzanchera, 2009).
      In 2008, one out of ten juveniles that were arrested was arrested for murder. According to Charles Puzzanchera, “The arrest rates for murder, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault remain well below their peak levels of the 1990’s. One out of four juveniles was arrested for robbery, burglary, larceny, and motor vehicle theft.” One in eight violent crimes was related to a juveniles doing.   Juvenile arrests for violence have decreased from 2006 to 2008. However, the arrest made on a juvenile due to property crime has increased by 9% between the years of 2006 and 2008. Charles Puzzanchera states, “out of the 2.11 million arrested 30% were juvenile females” (Puzzanchera, 2009).
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