Despite a modest increase (less than 0.5%) in the last year, the number of juvenile arrests for violent crimes in 2016 was 67% less than the 1994 peak.
After falling to a relatively low level in 2004, juvenile arrests for murder increased through 2007, then declined 46% through 2012 to reach the lowest level in three decades. However, the number of juvenile arrests for murder has increased each year since 2012. Juvenile arrests for robbery were cut in half between 1995 and 2002, increased through 2008, and then fell 47% through 2015.
After reaching the lowest level since at least 1980, the number of juvenile robbery arrests increased by 4% in the last year. The number of juvenile arrests for aggravated assault, which account for 58% of all juvenile arrests for violent crime, fell 67% between 1994 and 2016 to the lowest level in the previous 36 years.
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