Violent Youth Crime Plummets to a 30-year Low

databit201211Butts, Jeffrey A. (2012). Violent Youth Crime Plummets to a 30-year LowResearch and Evaluation Data Bits [2012-11]. New York, NY: Research and Evaluation Center, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York.

Violent crime arrests involving under-18 youth dropped considerably since 2008. The violent youth  arrest rate peaked in 1994, before falling through 2004. Violent arrests began to grow after 2004, however, reaching a rate of nearly 300 per 100,000 10-17 year-olds between 2006 and 2008. Between 2008 and 2011, the violent youth arrest rate fell sharply once again, plunging from approximately 300 to 200 arrests per 100,000 youth. In 2011, the violent crime arrest rate was 30 percent lower than it had been just three years earlier in 2008.