Youth Arrest Statistics


A report from the Oregon Youth Authority shows a striking decline in youth arrests since the passage of Measure 11.

"In the late 1980's and early 1990's, juvenile arrests grew rapidly in Oregon and the nation. In Oregon, the increase was due to the coincidence of growth in the 10 to 17 year-old population and in the arrest rate (Figure 1). Arrests of 10 to 17 year-olds for serious person and property crimes rose by 48 percent between 1988 and 1994."

"While juvenile arrests grew during the early 1990s, Oregon's capacity for youth incarceration did not. The commitment rate for major person crimes fell from 29 to 21 percent between 1988 and 1993."

Source: Oregon Youth Authority Close Custody Population Forecast

An article written by Klamath County Juvenile Department Assistant Director Dan Golden discussed the deterrent effect of Measure 11 on youths who are involved in the criminal justice system.