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Montana: Juvenile arrests

Juveniles are youth age 10-17. This indicator is calculated by dividing the number of arrests of juveniles for serious crimes by the number of juveniles. We multiply the result by 10,000. Serious crimes include murder and non-negligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson. In counties with relatively few people, a small change in the number of juvenile arrests may have a significant effect on rates from year to year.

In Montana

  • The rate in 2011 was 153 per 10,000 juveniles, compared to 99 in the U.S.

  • The rate decreased by 40 percent from 1990 to 2011. This compares to the U.S.'s  decrease of 67 percent.

Not all states and counties have data for all years.

 

To get the most out of this indicator . . .

 

Ask questions:

 

·         Is the juvenile arrest rate increasing or decreasing?

·         Does your county have a high or low rate of juvenile arrests?

 

Look at other indicators:

 

·         “Family/kids: Teens unemployed and not in school” – Are there a lot of kids in your county with a lot of free time on their hands?

 

Dig deeper:

 

·         Look at the county rankings for your state to see how your county compares to others.

·         The Federal Bureau of Investigation provides juvenile arrest data for specific offenses.  Be aware, however, that data are reported by type of law enforcement agency (city, county, university, other) rather than as county totals.  See http://www.fbi.gov/ucr/ucr.htm.

·         Take a Big Picture view of your county.

·         If you have specific questions, send us an e-mail.



Note: Number of arrests of youth age 10-17 for serious crimes (murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson) per 10,000 youth age 10-17. NA = not available. For more detailed notes, please visit the data sources. Age estimates used in calculating arrest rates come from the U.S. Census Bureau, Population Estimates Program, (http://www.census.gov/popest/estimates.html)

Source: 1990-2011: Federal Bureau of Investigation, Uniform Crime Reports, (http://www.fbi.gov/ucr/ucr.htm); and National Archive of Criminal Justice Data, Uniform Crime Reporting Program Data, (http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/NACJD);
2000-2002: University of Virginia Library, Geostats Center, Uniform Crime Reports County Data, (http://www.library.virginia.edu/);
DATE LAST UPDATED: March 13, 2013.



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