Story: Youth offenders

Police apprehensions of children and young people for non-traffic offences, 1982–2006

Police apprehensions of children and young people for non-traffic offences, 1982–2006

People often think that youth offending is worse than in the past, but official statistics rarely show dramatic changes. As this graph shows, youth (aged 14–16) apprehension rates were similar in the early 1980s and 2000s, with drops and rises in between. Child (aged 10–13) rates remained relatively consistent, dropping in the early 2000s.

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How to cite this page:

Gabrielle Maxwell, 'Youth offenders - Youth offenders: who, what and why', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/graph/26581/police-apprehensions-of-children-and-young-people-for-non-traffic-offences-1982-2006 (accessed 30 November 2020)

Story by Gabrielle Maxwell, published 5 May 2011, updated 1 Aug 2017