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Analysis of the juvenile criminal statistics has been part of the U.S. since the later 1800’s The U.S. has had many efforts to reform the different policies that concern juveniles. The reason there has been so many different reforms is due to the rise in juvenile crimes and the crimes that have been committed by juveniles since the late 1800’s. Looking over the different factors that are involved with the many different statistics juvenile crime was on the rise through the early 2000’s which had many people concerned. Since then there have been changes which are starting to show a decline. The juvenile justice bulletin of 2008 shows a decrease of three percent in juvenile arrests than in 2007. The juvenile violent crime arrests fell two percent and continue to decline from an increase in 2005 and 2006 when it was feared the nation was on a juvenile crime wave (Puzzanchera, 2008). There were 2.11 million juveniles arrested in 2008, which was a decrease of 16% when compared to the arrests in 1999. An estimated 324,000 juveniles were arrested for larceny-theft, resulting in a 17% decrease between 1999 and 2008. At the same time there was a two percent increase in the violent crime index between 2007 and 2008. The four crimes that make up the violent crime index consist of murder, and nonnegligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. These crimes had a 10-year decline from 1994 to 2004, but increased from 2004 to 2006, then declined 2 years later. Arrests for rape and aggravated assault among juveniles is the lowest it has been in 2008 since 1980s, but arrests for murder increased yearly from 2005 to 2007 before taking a five percent decline in 2008. Both arrest rates for simple assault and drug offenses declined.…...

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