ERIC Number: ED449239
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Youth Crime Drop. Report.
Butts, Jeffrey A.
This report examines the recent drop in violent crime in the United States, discussing how much of the decrease seen between 1995-99 is attributable to juveniles (under age 18 years) and older youth (18-24 years). Analysis of current FBI arrest data indicates that not only did America's violent crime drop continue through 1999, but falling youth crime accounted for most of the overall decline. In 1999, law enforcement agencies made approximately 14 million arrests, 17 percent of which involved juveniles under age 18 years and 28 percent of which involved youth between age 18-24 years. This was 9 percent lower than in 1995. In 1999, juveniles accounted for 16 percent of all arrests for violent crimes, down from 19 percent in 1995. However, in 1999, juveniles accounted for a substantially larger proportion of arrests for weapon offenses than they ever did prior to 1990. Juveniles accounted for a decline of 29 percent in violent crime arrests between 1995-99. Juveniles and older youth accounted for 38 percent of the increase in violent crime arrests between 1985-95, but they accounted for 51 percent of the subsequent drop in violent crime between 1995-99. (SM)
Justice Policy Center, Urban Institute, 2100 M Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20037. Tel: 202-833-7200. For full text: http://www.urban.org.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: Urban Inst., Washington, DC. Justice Policy Center.