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Chapter 4. Activities Outside of School and Work

Indicator 39. Arrests

Arrest rates for youth ages 14–17 and young adults ages 18–24 decreased between 1995 and 2009. In 1995, the arrest rate for youth was 128 per 1,000 persons, compared with 85 arrests per 1,000 persons in 2009.13 The arrest rate for young adults was 118 per 1,000 persons in 1995, while in 2009 the rate was 104 per 1,000 persons.

In 2000, the arrest rate for youth was 90 arrests per 1,000 persons, which was lower than the rate in 1995 (128 per 1,000 persons). Since 2000, the number of youths arrested fluctuated between 85 and 90 arrests per 1,000 persons. The arrest rate for young adults was higher in 1995 than in 2000 (118 vs. 99 arrests per 1,000 persons). There was a period of increase from 2000 to 2002, followed by a decrease in 2003 to 99 arrests per 1,000 persons and then another increase to 104 arrests per 1,000 persons in 2007, where the arrest rate remained through 2009. In 1995, the arrest rate was higher for youth than it was for young adults. However, beginning in 2000 and continuing through 2009, the arrest rate for young adults has been higher than the rate for youth.

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13 The rates for 14- to 17-year-olds include arrests of 13-year-olds but not arrests of children 12 and younger.

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