Number of juvenile arrests hits lowest point in 40 years – but is it just because we’re letting criminals get away?

Juvenile arrests dropped to their lowest level in 40 years, according to a report released by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and the National Institute of Justice.

In 2019, U.S. law enforcement agencies arrested an estimated 696,620 youth under age 18, the lowest number since at least 1980 and 74% below its 1996 peak of 2.7 million.

Juvenile arrests overall fell by 58% between 2010 and 2019, although patterns vary by demographic group and offense.

Juvenile arrests for burglary, theft and arson were at their lowest levels since 1980, but arrests for motor vehicle thefts have been increasing since 2013.

Juvenile arrests for murder increased by 10% between 2015 and 2019.

Relative declines in arrests have been greater for boys than for girls across many offenses, with the female share of juvenile arrests growing from 18% in 1980 to 31% in 2019.

“These findings are encouraging and we are hopeful that the declines in juvenile arrests will continue in years to come,” said the OJJDP Acting Administrator. “OJJDP remains committed to supporting programs and initiatives to help ensure that this trend continues.”

The arrest estimates presented in the report are based on analyses of data provided by local law enforcement agencies to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting program.

Juvenile Arrests, 2019

OJJDP Press Release

Hopeful That The Declines In Juvenile Arrests Will Continue

“These findings are encouraging and we are hopeful that the declines in juvenile arrests will continue in years to come,” said the OJJDP Acting Administrator.

Part of this statement is from a belief from advocates that cops make too many unnecessary arrests.

But with vast increases in violent crime, fear of crime and with firearm and security purchases going through the roof and people moving out of cities due to COVID and crime, the comment (at least to me) seems somewhat disrespectful of victims of crime, US Crime Rates.

The administrator “remains committed to supporting programs and initiatives to help ensure that this trend continues.” But is there data supporting a program approach to reduced arrests?

If there is, I’m unaware of it. While programs for juveniles show declines in antisocial behaviors, most do not show reductions in criminality, Crime Solutions.Gov.

From another source, “The failure to aggressively prosecute crimes like rape and sexual assault marginalizes racial and other minorities who are already under-served by the legal system, argues a law professor in a forthcoming paper in the Richmond University Law Review,” The Crime Report 

National Arrests (All Ages) Decline By 21%- FBI

Total arrests in the United States are down 21% from 2010 to 2019.

Source: FBI-Arrests

Total arrests in the United States are down seven percent from 2015 to 2019.

Source: FBI-Arrests

US Arrests (All Ages) Decline By 25 Percent

Vera created a tool that analyzes arrest trends between 1980 and 2016. The data shows that overall arrests have declined by nearly 25% over the last decade.

Source: The Intercept.

Police Initiated Contacts Fall By 9 Million

The portion of U.S. residents age 16 or older who had experienced contact with the police in the preceding 12 months declined from 26 percent in 2011 to 21 percent in 2015, the Bureau of Justice Statistics announced.

The number of residents who had experienced contact with police dropped by more than nine million people, from 62.9 million to 53.5 million during the period.

From 2011 to 2015, the number of persons who had contact that was police-initiated fell by eight million, and the number of persons who initiated contact with police fell by six million.

Among those who had contact with police, two percent experienced a nonfatal threat or use of force by police.

Source: Police Contacts

Lower Level Arrests Declining

The Wall Street Journal offered, “Arrests for Low-Level Crimes Are Plummeting, and the Experts Are Flummoxed.”

Conclusions

Making justifiable and reasonable arrests has always been the hallmark of a good cop. By good arrests, I mean those that are so solid that prosecutors do not drop the charges and judges find the person guilty.

This is said with the understanding that there are probably tens of thousands of 40-60 million yearly police-citizen contacts where the “offender” is given a verbal warning and released.

Back in my day as a police officer, we took most juveniles home to their parents for stupid but low-level crimes (my first contact with the justice system as a teenager).

But violence in America is skyrocketing (violence tripled per Gallup) and arrests are necessary to hold offenders accountable and provide victims with a sense of justice, US Crime Rates.

Those of us in the justice system understand that violent offenders often have multiple arrests and convictions and that an arrest could take a violent criminal off the streets for several years thus saving people from future victimizations.

In my mind, good arrests are synonymous with COVID vaccines, they have the potential of saving people from harm.

I understand the thought that officers should be lenient when it comes to people involved in minor criminal activity. Back in my day, we called cabs for minor drinking and driving cases after a field examination. We did not arrest for most marijuana and juvenile in possession of alcohol cases. Loud people bothering their neighbors were told to desist-most did.

We sought reputations for bringing good-solid arrests to court.

The point is that the vast majority of cops make judicious decisions. We used discretion. We didn’t want minor adult or juvenile offenders to suffer through life with a criminal record for being stupid.

With that understanding, I’m guessing that many if not most of the decline in arrests have to do with the endless criticism of law enforcement, especially when considering that violent crime and serious violent crimes have increased considerably since 2015, US Crime Rates.

The most innocuous of stops and arrests can instantly turn into violent encounters considering the mental health, PTSD, brain damage and substance use of most offenders, Mental Illness And Related Issues.

Thus, in my opinion, “we are hopeful that the declines in juvenile arrests will continue” from a federal justice agency head discounts accountability for victims of violence.

Justifiable arrests are necessary for a civilized society and justice for victims of crime.

The collapse of law enforcement will usher in the end of America as we know it

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Mortality.

It’s something that you don’t really consider when you’re young.  You can do anything.  You’re invincible.

But as we grow older, we start considering that mortality. 

It’s time we start considering the mortality of America.

I spend a substantial amount of time working in two different arenas – the world of law enforcement and the business world.

By day, I run a marketing agency. Among the areas we work in, we do extensive work in the firearms industry.  My travels take me across the country – often to some of the most rural parts of America.

By night, I am the National Spokesman for Law Enforcement Today.  I’m not a police officer.  I was tapped because I can do one thing cops can’t do.  I can give them a voice.  I can run my mouth and no agency can fire me.

That travel that I referenced – both in the business world and supporting the LE world – has afforded me countless opportunities to work side by side with some of the greatest patriots in America. 

My closest friends are either in law enforcement or either active or retired members of some of the most elite military forces in America.  And from our greatest warriors to our everyday citizens… I can tell you the underlying fear that so many are thinking about – and that’s the seemingly inevitable collapse of society if we don’t make some monumental changes.

As a Christian, I believe we are in the middle of some serious spiritual warfare.  But you don’t have to be a Christian to understand that the very soul of America is under attack right now.  And the rapid erosion of the Thin Blue Line has us sitting on a powder keg.

Historically, if you look at the collapse of some of the greatest empires in the world, it happened from within.  Simply put, it raises the distinct danger that America won’t be conquered by foreign enemies … but rather from domestic ones.

When historians say that an empire fell, it means that the central state no longer exercised its broad power.  That happens either because the state itself ceased to exist or because the state’s power was reduced as parts of the empire became independent of its control.

It typically doesn’t happen because of a single cause, but rather a long process.  The main factors that historically lead to imperial collapse are:

  • Economic issues
  • Social and cultural issues
  • Environmental issues
  • Political issues

Now none of these factors are causes in and of themselves, but rather are ways to categorize causes.

What that means is you wouldn’t make a determination that Rome fell because of politics, but rather you’d explore political factors to understand the collapse.  And in those issues are warning signs for us as Americans.

That brings me to the threat we face today.

Have you ever heard of something called the Cloward-Piven strategy? It’s not exactly something the mainstream media talks about… but it’s something you need to be aware of, because it’s what we’re facing in America today.

American sociologists and political activists Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven created the political strategy in 1966.  The idea behind it is to overload the U.S. public welfare system to create a crisis that would lead to a replacement of the welfare system with a socialist system of “a guaranteed annual income and thus an end to poverty”.

If that doesn’t describe what we’re seeing from Democrats who are running for POTUS right now, I don’t know what does.  But it’s a much bigger threat than you might realize.  That’s because it’s so incredibly pervasive.  It’s poisoning the very roots of America.

And it calls to mind the words of Jefferson:

“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is it’s natural manure.”

We are seeing groups here in America demanding open borders.  Demanding the decriminalization of crossing into our country illegally.

At the same time, across our great country, we are seeing the CRIMINALIZATION of law enforcement.  It’s gotten so bad in states like the People’s Republic of California and Connecticut that we’re seeing the crash and burn of morale in law enforcement. 

We’re seeing agencies desperate for officers, because as more and more retire (or count down the minutes to retirement), we see a deficit in the number of incoming recruits.  After all, why would you want to live a life of service when you’re just going to be attacked for that service?

We see political activists masquerading as police chiefs.  We see them working hand in hand with liberal politicians to not only attack the rights of law-abiding citizens, but also to destroy the morale of their own departments. We watch as they flat out disrespect the oath of office they took and put officers in no-win situations.

If I were to design a road map for how to collapse America, starting with law enforcement, here’s what it would look like.

Step one: Divide the protectors.

The refusal to allow rank and file patrol officers to cooperate with federal law enforcement to uphold the law.  It’s a slap in the face to Americans and it’s a dereliction of duty. It’s also a clear and intentional move to create a divide between local, state and federal law enforcement.  Divide the protectors… conquer a society. 

Step two: Divide the supporters.

Force officers to choose between enforcing unconstitutional legislation like Red Flag laws, which deny citizens of their right to due process… and providing for their own family.

Make cops the bad guys.  Take the people who have historically supported law enforcement and convince them that cops are now the enemy.  Divide the supporters… conquer a society.

Step three: Remove their protection

Make cops afraid to be cops.  Encourage disrespect on them like water bucket attacks.  Don’t go after the criminals who attack them.  When officers arrest criminals, let them back out on the street within hours because a liberal judge determined that the violent suspect with a lengthy criminal history isn’t actually a threat. 

Then threaten law enforcement officers that if they do their job, they’ll be investigated.  That if they have to fight for their lives, they’ll end up being charged.  Remove both their desire and their ability to police.

Step four: Flood America  

By some estimates, one million people will make illegal entry into America this year.

There are fewer than 850,000 law enforcement officers in America.  Do the math.

Now let criminals create havoc in society but instead of deporting them or actually cracking down on crime, let Americans know that the real problem is guns owned by law abiding citizens and pass legislation to take away their rights.

Step five: Destroy our homes

Own the media.  Own Hollywood.  Force feed Anti-American, socialist and communist policies into our homes and our education system.  Convince our children that right is wrong and wrong is right.  Take God out of society, destroy the family structure and teach everyone that the solution to your problems is in the form of pills, porn and the government.

Step Six: Bypass Congress for gun control 

Have “private businesses” like Dicks and Walmart determine what you can and can’t buy.  Allow Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google, YouTube, LinkedIn and snap determine what you can see and what you can say… because it’s not a violation of the 1st Amendment if it’s done by private enterprise.

Step Seven: Use “social justice” to vilify love of country 

Take every patriotic American who wants to see a better country for their children and call them a racist, etc. if you don’t agree with them.  Then mass report them on social media to make sure their accounts are cancelled and their voices are shut down. 

Then say you think they’re a threat and have a judge determine that combat veterans and our nation’s greatest warriors need to be disarmed because of post-traumatic stress.  Then force officers to go to war with their own brothers and sisters.

The Collapse

It’s happening right in front of our eyes.  And it’s starting with a full onslaught against our law enforcement officers in every way, shape and form.

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