Juvenile Crime Statistics Paper
September 19, 2012
The information in this article gives statistics of juvenile crime in America ranging from the late 1980’s to 2008. Its purpose is to take the information provided in these studies over the past 20 years or so to guide efforts and address the disparities among the youth to combat and prevent juvenile delinquency to better the lives of our children and for the future of our nation. The overall rate for juvenile arrests has gone down substantially in the two years of 2006-2008 following its recent high peak back in 2004. For violent crimes the FBI uses and assesses trends in four categories that law enforcement officials constantly report on nationwide. These four crimes consist of: Murder, nonnegligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. The number of juveniles arrested for these types of crimes since 2004 dropped over the last two years. Given that the arrests in 2004 was still less than any year since 1987, the past 10 years have been on a steady decline 2006- 2008 being the lowest. Of all the four categories a 66% decline was shown more in juveniles than adults. For other crimes such as property crimes, arson, larceny, burglary and vehicle theft; although some have risen as much as 17% they are still below the average number of arrests since the 1980’s. Drug abuse among juveniles 10-17 have been a high rise of 145% increase in arrest from 1990-1997. The rate has declined 28% since its high in 1997, but shows little progress and hope that drug offenses will be declining any time soon. With its decline in 2008, it was still 78% higher than the rate in 1990. For simple assault among juveniles there has been little progress in declines since 1980, it has actually rose 156% between 1980 and 1997. There was little decline through 2002 only to rise again in 2006. The past two years since 2006 it has decreased by 10%...