Arrest Trends Nationwide Detailed

The Bureau of Justice Statistics has released a report detailing new annual estimates of arrests in the United States covering the 30-year period from 1980 through 2009. Arrest in the United States, 1980-2009 is based on data collected by the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting Program, and expands the FBI's set of published arrest estimates to include offense-specific arrest estimates for various demographic subgroups. The detailed breakdown of arrests and arrest trends describes the flow of individuals into the criminal justice system over a long time period. The estimates by type of offense reveal similarities and differences among demographic subgroups that may provide policymakers, researchers, the media and the public a greater understanding of the underlying causes for the observed arrest trends. Also available from BJS is an arrest data analysis tool that permits data users to analyze 30-year national arrest trends.

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