USA - number of arrests for all offenses 1990-2017

Number of arrests for all offenses in the United States from 1990 to 2017

by Erin Duffin, last edited May 20, 2019
USA - number of arrests for all offenses 1990-2017 There were over 10.5 million arrests for all offenses in the United States in 2017. This figure is a decrease from 1990 levels, when the number of arrests was over 14.1 million.
Arrest rate in the U.S.

Along with a high number of arrests, the arrest rate for all offenses in the United States was also high in 2017, with 3,251.5 arrests per 100,000 residents. However, this arrest rate is almost half that of its peak in 1996. Additionally, South Dakota had the highest arrest rate in the country in 2017, and Massachusetts had the lowest.

High numbers of arrests and unsolved crimes

A high number of arrests does not necessarily correlate to a high number of solved cases, and in the U.S., many cases remain unsolved. The crime clearance rate, or rate of closed cases, was less than half for violent crimes in U.S., and less than 20 percent for property crimes.
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Number of arrests for all offenses in the United States from 1990 to 2017

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Number of arrests
201710,554,985
201610,662,252
201510,797,088
201411,205,833
201311,302,102
201212,196,959
201112,408,899
201013,120,947
200913,687,241
200814,005,615
200714,209,365
200614,380,370
200514,094,186
200413,938,071
200313,639,500
200213,741,400
200113,699,300
200013,980,300
199914,031,100
199814,528,300
199715,284,300
199615,168,100
199515,119,800
199414,648,700
199314,036,300
199214,075,100
199114,211,900
199014,195,100
Number of arrests
201710,554,985
201610,662,252
201510,797,088
201411,205,833
201311,302,102
201212,196,959
201112,408,899
201013,120,947
200913,687,241
200814,005,615
200714,209,365
200614,380,370
200514,094,186
200413,938,071
200313,639,500
200213,741,400
200113,699,300
200013,980,300
199914,031,100
199814,528,300
199715,284,300
199615,168,100
199515,119,800
199414,648,700
199314,036,300
199214,075,100
199114,211,900
199014,195,100
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by Erin Duffin, last edited May 20, 2019
There were over 10.5 million arrests for all offenses in the United States in 2017. This figure is a decrease from 1990 levels, when the number of arrests was over 14.1 million.
Arrest rate in the U.S.

Along with a high number of arrests, the arrest rate for all offenses in the United States was also high in 2017, with 3,251.5 arrests per 100,000 residents. However, this arrest rate is almost half that of its peak in 1996. Additionally, South Dakota had the highest arrest rate in the country in 2017, and Massachusetts had the lowest.

High numbers of arrests and unsolved crimes

A high number of arrests does not necessarily correlate to a high number of solved cases, and in the U.S., many cases remain unsolved. The crime clearance rate, or rate of closed cases, was less than half for violent crimes in U.S., and less than 20 percent for property crimes.
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