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NCJ Number: 239423 Find in a Library
Title: Arrest in the United States, 1990-2010
Author(s): Howard N. Synder, Ph.D.
Corporate Author: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: October 2012
Page Count: 26
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
Washington, DC 20531
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Document: Agency Summary|PDF|Text
Agency Summary: 
Type: Statistics
Format: Document; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Based on data provided by local law enforcement agencies to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports (UCR), this report documents trends in arrests and arrestees for various offenses in the years 1990-2010.
Abstract: The number of arrests for murder declined by half between 1990 and 2010, with both adult and juvenile arrest rates decreasing in the 1990s and continuing to fall approximately 20 percent between 2000 and 2010. The forcible-rape arrest rate fell 59 percent between 1990 and 2010. Although the aggravated assault arrest rate declined 31 percent during this period, the simple assault arrest rate remained essentially unchanged. The male arrest rate for larceny-theft in 2010 was about half the rate in 1990, but the female arrest rate in 2010 was only 8 percent below its 1990 level. The male arrest rate for motor vehicle theft in 2010 was one-fourth of its 1990 level, and the female arrest rate was half its 1990 value. The juvenile and adult arrest rates for weapon law violation in 2010 were half of their peaks in the mid-1990s. There were 80 percent more arrests for drug possession or use in 2010 than in 1990. Even though the rate declined between 2006 and 2010, in 2010 it was still 46 percent above its 1990 level; it was at levels similar to those between 1997 and 2002. In 2010, State and local law enforcement agencies made one arrest for drug sale or manufacture for every four arrests for drug possession or use. Although the arrest rate for drug possession or use increased substantially between 1990 and 2010, the arrest rate for drug sale or manufacture in 2010 was at its lowest level in the period and 30 percent below its 1990 level. 7 tables and 44 figures
Main Term(s): Arrest statistics
Index Term(s): Male female offender comparisons; Offender profiles; Offense statistics; Trend analysis
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