Arrests of children for violent crimes

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Why This Indicator Matters

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.  Violent crimes committed by juveniles including rape, murder, robbery and aggravated assaults are very serious and harm other people. Communities are safer if youth do not commit these crimes.

What the data shows
The arrests for violent crimes against persons has fallen from a high of 12 per 10,000 youth in 1998 to 10 in 2006 to 8 in 2009 to 5 in 2012 and as of 2016, the rate of just 4 per 10,000 youth statewide.
In 2015, Maine had the lowest rate of arrests of juveniles for aggravated assault in the United States and for robberies, Maine was among the 5 states with the lowest rates.

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In 2016, the arrests by juveniles for violent crimes for crimes varied between a low of zero for Hancock and Knox Counties to a high of 15 per 10,000 youth in Franklin County and 8 in Androscoggin County. Looking at the data for a 5 year period, 2012 to 2016, the average rate per 10,000 youth varied between a low of 1 in Knox and Sagadahoc Counties to a high of 12.4 in Piscataquis County and 10.9 in Androscoggin County. Knox and Sagadahoc Counties each had 3 of the 5 years without any violent crime among juveniles at all.

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Definitions: The rate of arrests for violent crimes per 10,000 children ages 10-17. Violent crimes include murder and non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault (does not include other assaults).  The numerator is the number of children arrested for a violent crime against times 10,000 and the denominator is the number of youth ages 10 -17.  Repeat offenses by the same individual are counted more than once in the data.  The denominator is the population per county ages 10 -17 based on yearly estimates from the American Community Survey of the US Census.

Data Source: Maine Department of Public Safety, Crime in Maine Reports 

Footnotes: This data does not include crimes for which there have been no arrests made.
Ages 10 -17 was used as the denominator because there are very few arrests of children younger than 10. In 2016, there were 18 arrests of children younger than 10 and none of them for violent crimes.
The arrest is counted in the county where it occurs. It could include youth who live in other states.

In the past this measure was called "Arrests of children for crimes against persons". The Maine Department of Public Safety has confirmed that while robbery is a violent crime, it is categorized as a crimes against property.  The data being reported on the Kids Count website for "crimes against persons" was really reporting "violent crimes". Therefore, the name of the indicator has been changed but the series of data continues to report on the same types of crimes.

Data last uploaded: June 2018.