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Juvenile Arrests in Wisconsin Drop Sharply
Date: July 14, 2017 09:00AM

Juvenile Arrests in Wisconsin Drop Sharply

A post on the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families’ website, www.wccf.org, illustrates how the number of juvenile arrests in Wisconsin has declined dramatically and universally from 2011 to 2015.

The decrease reflects a drop in crime committed by juveniles, as well as changes in law enforcement practices.

About 44,000 people age 17 and younger were arrested in Wisconsin in 2015, down 36% from 2011.

Other details of the juvenile arrests report are:
• The decline has occurred in both urban counties and rural counties
• There is a great deal of variation among counties in arrest rates – even between adjacent counties
• Juvenile arrests rates have declined for all races – declines of 58% for Asians, 46% for Native Americans, 38% for Blacks, and 32% for Whites
• 48% of juvenile arrests are for youth 15 and younger
• 97.4% of juvenile arrests are for non-violent crimes

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