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Youth Homicide Stats

Youth Homicide Stats

Table 1. Murder offenders by age, sex, and race, 2001.

Age

Total

Sex

Race

Male

Female

Unknown

White

Black

Other

Unknown

Total

15,488

10,126

1,086

4,276

5,174

5,521

273

4,520

Percent distribution²

100.0

65.4

7.0

27.6

33.4

35.6

1.8

29.2

Under 18³

835

743

89

3

368

426

35

6

Under 22³

3,515

3,241

269

5

1,500

1,884

102

29

Under 9

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

9 to 12

14

13

1

0

7

6

0

1

13 to 16

454

388

63

3

196

234

20

4

17 to 19

1,695

1,570

123

2

732

894

55

14

1 The murder and non-negligent homicides that occurred as a result of the events of September 11, 2001, were not included.

2 Because of rounding, the percentages may not add to total.

3 Does not include unknown ages.

Source: FBI Uniform Crime Report, 2001

Facts at a Glance:

  • The estimated number of Juvenile Arrests in 1999 for Murder and non-negligent manslaughter was 1400.
  • This comprised 8% of female juvenile arrests and 12% of arrests of children under 15.
  • This was a decrease of about 55% since 1990 and a decrease of about 31% from 1998 to 1999.

Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Juvenile Arrests 1999, by Howard N. Snyder

  • 1,763 youth under age 18 were arrested for homicide in 1999.
  • The homicides committed by youth under age 18 made up 10.1% of all homicides committed in 1999.

Source: The National Youth Violence Prevention Center, Youth Violence Statistics.

  • Victims perceived that between 1/5 and 1/4 of violent crimes in 2001 were committed by juveniles.
  • According to the victim's perception of the age of the offender, the number of serious violent offenses committed by persons ages 12 to 17 declined 58% from 1993 to 2001.

Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics