Crime Drops in Wisconsin, More Juveniles Arrested for Murder

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The report released Wednesday by the Office of Justice Assistance shows crime dropped by 5.8 percent last year.

That includes declines in almost every category, including a 14 percent decrease in murders. It's the ninth time in the last 10 years crime has dropped in the state.

At the same time, the report shows the number of juveniles arrested for murder more than doubled in 2004 for a total of 288.

A spokesman for the Justice Assistance Office says the number is alarming but could not explain the sharp increase. He says the term arrest is defined loosely in juvenile cases and
often means simply interviewing a juvenile suspect.