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Juvenile Arrest Essay

558 words - 3 pages

Juvenile Arrest 2008
CJA/374
Cory Kelly
Stacie Trosper
October 27, 2013

A juvenile is someone that commits a crime under the age of 18. Juveniles are being arrest for many different crimes as young as 10 years old. Juveniles are being arrested for violent crimes, for example, rape, murder and assault. The juveniles are also being arrested for property crimes, for example, theft and vandalism. It does not matter what race or gender the juvenile is, they will still be arrested for committed a crime.
In 2008, police arrested around 2.11 million juveniles for crimes that were committed. Since 2007, the number of juveniles arrested went down by 3 percent. In 2009, police arrested around 1.8 million juveniles. In 2010, police arrested around 1.6 million juveniles. Since 2008 to 2010, juveniles arrest has continued to decrease. ...view middle of the document...

Assaults have increased since 2008 and drug offense has decreased by a little bit. Between 1999 and 2008 there was no change in how many juveniles were arrested for simple assault. Between 1999 and 2008 there was a 7 percent decrease in drug offense.
Females made up 30 percent of the juveniles arrested in 2008 which resulted in 629,800 female juveniles arrested. In 2008, 78 percent of juveniles arrested were white, 16 percent were black, and 5 percent Asian and 1 percent were Indian. Hispanic minorities were put into the category of white juveniles. Even though blacks only made up 16 percent of the juveniles arrested they were majority of juveniles arrested. African Americans made up a large portion of the crimes committed. African Americans made up 58 percent of all juveniles that were arrested for murder, 67 percent of the juveniles arrested for robbery and 45 percent of juvenile arrest for car theft. African American juveniles that were arrested for violent crimes (rape, murder and aggressive assault) were five times more than white juveniles arrested for the same crimes.
Between the years 1999 and 2008 female juveniles that were arrested decreased less than male juveniles that were arrested in some crimes. In other crimes, between the years 1999 and 2008, female juveniles arrested increased while male juveniles that were arrested decreased. Between 1999 and 2008, male juveniles arrest rate decreased while female juveniles arrest rate increased for property crimes, disorderly conduct and drinking under the influence. Female juveniles are more likely to be arrested for crimes like running away and prostitution.

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