Thursday, January 28, 2010

New Juvenile Delinquency Data: Progress and Work to be Done

Recently released 2008 data from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention provide a picture of juvenile delinquency in the U.S. While the data shows progress in areas like overall arrest rates, others, such as disproportionate minority contact with the juvenile justice system, demand continued attention. Highlights of the data include:

  • An estimated 2.11 million juveniles were arrested in 2008.
  • Overall juvenile arrests declined 3% from 2007 to 2008.
  • Juvenile arrests for violent offenses decreased by 2% from 2007 to 2008.
  • In 2008, 11% of all murder victims were younger than 18.
  • In 2008, black youth comprised 16% of the youth population ages 10 to 17. However, black youth were involved in 52% of juvenile arrests for violent crimes and 33% of juvenile arrests for property crimes.

Policies to reduce juvenile detention.

1 comment:

  1. The report only shows that black teens are more likely to commit crimes at a very young age. Also there has been a decrease of 3% in the overall juvenile arrest and 2% in violent offenses. I think that those figures are good enough and could even go higher if they are really that determined.