Arrests of children ages 10-17

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Getting arrested is a negative event for any youth. Youth who continue to have involvement with the juvenile justice system are more likely to have a criminal offense as an adult. Adults with criminal records face many barriers in finding and keeping employment. For youth who are arrested for using drugs or alcohol, the arrest may help the youth enter treatment for substance abuse disorders.

What the data shows
Both in Maine and nationally, the rate of arrests per 1,000 youth has been declining.
In Maine the rate in 2016 is half what is was in 2006 and a third of what the rate was in 1998.
The 2016 Maine rate of 26.7 per 1,000 compares favorably with other states.  Of the 50 states, Maine has one of the ten lowest rates of juvenile arrests for aggravated assault, robbery and weapons. Maine is 25th in rates of arrest for drug abuse and 30th for arrests related to larceny.

In terms of variation by county, in 2016, Kennebec, Androscoggin, York and Aroostook Counties had rates between 31 and 37 per 1,000 youth.  Piscataquis County had by far the lowest teen arrest rate at 5.6 per 1,000 youth. The counties with the next lowest teen arrest rates were Washington, Waldo and Oxford, all with rates between 13 and 15 per 1,000.


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