Children Arrested for a Serious Crime

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Children Arrested for a Serious Crime

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Definitions: Children under 18 arrested for Part I crimes: murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny, vehicle theft and arson. Not all children arrested for serious crimes committed these crimes, and some children are not arrested for crimes that they actually committed.

The rate per 1,000 is the total number of children arrested for Part I crimes divided by the estimated number of children ages 10-17 multiplied by 1,000. These rates are useful for comparison purposes and trends, but may be low because of the inclusion of children in the younger age ranges and the inclusion of girls, both of whom have few arrests.

Data Source: Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. http://www.bca.state.mn.us/bca.asp

Footnotes: In 2001, data for Ramsey county is estimated. Rates are not given for less than 10 events.