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Accession Number PB2013-100602
Title Arrest in the United States, 1990-2010.
Publication Date Oct 2012
Media Count 26p
Personal Author H. N. Snyder
Abstract The FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program collects counts of arrests (including citations and summonses) in several offense and demographic categories from participating state and local law enforcement agencies. For many years, the FBI has published national estimates of arrests based on these data in its Crime in the United States series. In Crime in the United States, 2010, the FBI estimated that state and local law enforcement agencies made a total of 13,122,000 arrests in 2010, and provided national arrest estimates in 28 separate offense categories. This report expands the FBI's set of published national arrest estimates to include estimates of arrests in various age, sex, and race groups within offense categories and changes in arrest rates by offense and demographic groups. The report also contains graphs displaying trends in arrest rates for individual offenses between 1990 and 2010 and graphs of age-specific arrest rates for 1990, 2000 and 2010. These figures show changes in arrest rates and provide insight into the flow of individuals into the criminal justice system over time. To interpret the arrest statistics in this report, readers should review the FBI's counting rules discussed in the Methodology. This report uses arrest rates rather than arrest counts to display arrest trends because rates control for changes in the size of the reference population over the period. In addition, readers should carefully review graph legends before studying the report's graphs because some arrest rates have been multiplied by a constant to make the trends more visible. In addition to this report, the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) has an online data analysis tool that enables users to generate graphs and tables of national arrest trends and arrest rates for a large set of offenses and population subgroups. Although this report does not analyze arrests and arrest rates by the offender's race, arrest data by race are available in the online tool on the BJS website. This data tool enables users to produce, with little effort, customized information that is often not readily available or that cannot be found in any other source.
Keywords Age factors
Criminal justice
Law enforcement
Statistical data
United States

Source Agency Bureau of Justice Statistics
NTIS Subject Category 91C - Fire Services, Law Enforcement, & Criminal Justice
43 - Problem Solving Information for State & Local Governments
92C - Social Concerns
Corporate Author Department of Justice, Washington, DC. Bureau of Justice Statistics.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1305
Contract Number N/A

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