Children And Youth
Youth Arrests


Youth Arrests

What does this measure?

The number of arrests of youth ages 12-24 arrested for Group A offenses, expressed per 10,000 youth. Group A offenses include assault, theft, vandalism, homicide, sexual offenses and weapons violations.

Why is this important?

Youth arrests serve to remove offenders that may cause harm to other youth or the community. However, the likelihood of not completing high school or being incarcerated as an adult is higher for people arrested as youths, and can be affected by their age at the time of first arrest, frequency of subsequent arrests and incarceration. Interaction with the justice system at a young age may also cause a youth to be labeled in the community, reducing opportunities for future work and higher education.

How is our county doing?

In 2017, there were more than 6,600 youth arrests in Essex County, for a rate of 85 per 10,000. This was similar to the state rate in 2017. Though the rate fluctuated a bit since 2007 there was no sustained trend and the 2017 rate was lower than the rate in 2007. Within Essex County, Salisbury and Haverhill had the highest rate (at 217 and 192 per 10,000 youths respectively), followed by Gloucester (154) in 2017.

How do we compare to other counties?

Essex County's rate was higher than that in Middlesex, MA of 61 per 10,000 in 2017.

Notes on the data

Comparable data was not available for Lake, IL and Westchester, NY.

Youth Arrests
20072008200920102011201220132014201520162017
Essex County, MA98.699.797.1104.1100.9102.5115.1105.195.895.185.3
Amesbury137.6115.7153.8146.2157.6136.1107.265.3107.495.979.2
Beverly100.8114.278.5100.069.276.067.777.760.553.727.9
Gloucester41.127.0214.2456.1406.6302.5329.1142.6134.6142.7153.5
Haverhill180.3197.3188.5191.4207.6238.8243.6266.8234.0211.9191.7
Lynn195.4177.6141.8124.5119.6132.3154.6129.9133.6162.5127.8
Methuen96.3130.4103.780.2106.192.1133.4130.5125.1116.2109.3
Newburyport77.9115.675.094.278.0103.7117.091.185.187.994.0
Peabody183.7179.7194.7176.2183.0160.4144.1156.9122.5135.4118.3
Salem78.9224.5216.5166.3139.0134.4
Andover103.3103.194.753.934.836.630.854.256.446.546.2
Boxford2.57.34.812.610.09.911.04.94.82.44.8
Danvers208.9190.5151.7174.4194.9187.6186.5166.6176.3160.5117.4
Georgetown2.357.379.467.558.573.369.343.146.664.1
Groveland99.270.872.488.243.738.343.747.938.526.719.3
Hamilton74.719.521.834.847.360.750.530.733.022.025.7
Ipswich33.219.510.430.413.411.120.614.69.444.237.7
Lynnfield49.547.254.050.062.361.839.534.840.025.932.9
Manchester7.87.77.715.69.621.120.87.514.922.433.5
Marblehead41.442.824.022.227.135.425.621.021.022.921.9
Merrimac64.943.142.437.948.358.369.689.457.442.619.1
Middleton9.06.64.31.12.119.740.027.743.1
Nahant53.158.149.655.752.546.531.834.631.637.343.0
Newbury88.5133.099.970.569.853.255.476.663.167.468.9
North Andover53.360.962.382.256.163.357.458.657.562.968.6
Rockport42.238.032.638.829.935.418.227.933.316.720.8
Rowley68.373.287.661.576.172.187.985.671.668.482.7
Salisbury261.6290.8235.4371.8269.9303.9365.5269.1211.6245.1217.0
Saugus89.4108.0101.690.1104.779.074.674.660.748.952.9
Swampscott45.334.351.962.470.043.153.760.851.847.055.3
Topsfield19.86.513.013.14.91.61.621.423.024.5
Wenham61.467.748.557.432.248.148.77.823.213.611.6
West Newbury128.2117.495.1106.392.964.160.955.711.048.457.3
Middlesex County, MA51.873.068.871.574.272.570.065.864.063.161.2
Massachusetts102.0116.7105.0106.5104.0102.9101.895.987.388.083.7

Source: Massachusetts State Police
Notes: Rates per 10,000 youth ages 12 to 24




Number of Youth Arrests
20072008200920102011201220132014201520162017
Essex County, MA7,2307,3497,2127,7347,5747,7448,7948,0967,4337,3836,622
Amesbury227192257238259225180113187167138
Beverly398452310395277306276319249221115
Gloucester124826541,3131,180883968422401425457
Haverhill1,0941,2071,1611,1651,2761,4761,5121,6641,4691,3301,203
Lynn1,6991,5471,2411,1251,0871,2071,4181,1971,2351,5021,182
Methuen421574460379506442648642621577543
Newburyport135202132164137183208163153158169
Peabody9429241,007903944832751821643711621
Salem333957926713596576
Andover343345319179118125107190199164163
Boxford264108894424
Danvers562515413462524507509462491447327
Georgetown2506556496259374055
Groveland6951545729262932261813
Hamilton6116182738494125271821
Ipswich4426144018152820136152
Lynnfield5654655873734944513342
Manchester444851111481218
Marblehead8285484454715243434745
Merrimac4228282431384660392913
Middleton8641219392742
Nahant1921181918161112111315
Newbury6091694747363853444748
North Andover146168173233158180168173171187204
Rockport3229252721251320241215
Rowley3942513645435353454352
Salisbury221249203308226256313234196227201
Saugus241296284240283216207208170137148
Swampscott6348738697607585756880
Topsfield12488311141516
Wenham2932232816242541276
West Newbury555142454028272552226
Middlesex County, MA7,64910,85410,35410,74111,29711,14010,90810,34410,14110,0029,696
Massachusetts66,26776,34769,25369,73368,73668,37667,73864,21358,86559,33056,430

Source: Massachusetts State Police




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