Juvenile Arrest

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“The Juvenile Arrests 2001 bulletin summarizes and analyzes national and state juvenile arrest data derived from the Federal Bureau of Investigation report Crime in the United States 2001” (Snyder, 2003, p. 1). The FBI tracks four offenses in its Violent Crime Index, which are, murder, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault (Snyder, 2003). However, this paper will summarize the key points of the Juvenile Arrests 2001 bulletin by addressing the overall decrease in juvenile arrests and the implications for juvenile females and minorities. In addition, an assessment of the tracking of juvenile arrests as a method of measuring the amount of and trends in juvenile crime will conclude the paper. After analyzing the data gathered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the arrest rate in the Violent Crime Index offenses shows to have decreased drastically in 2001. In fact, the Violent Crime Index rate shows juvenile arrest to be at the lowest since 1983 (Snyder, 2003). For example, the juvenile arrest rate for murder declined 70% from 1993 to 2001 meaning out of 3,800 juvenile murder arrests made in 1993, in 2001 only 1,400 juvenile murder arrests were made pointing out the decrease in murder arrests (Snyder, 2003). Furthermore, between 1994 and 2001, the juvenile Property Crime Index consisting of burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson, the arrests rate dropped 41%, to its lowest level since at least the 1960s. “More specifically, juvenile burglary arrest rates have been declining since at least the early 1980s” (Snyder, 2003, p. 5). According to the data analyzed by the Juvenile Arrests 2001 bulletin, the juvenile arrests in violent crimes that consist of murder, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault, all have proven to be at its lowest since 1976 as well as the property crime arrests in juveniles (Snyder, 2003).

Besides the considerable declines in juvenile arrests for violent crimes and property crimes, major increases in drug...
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