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Juveniles in Court
Delinquency Case Rate Trends
The total delinquency case rate increased gradually from 1985 into the late 1990s and then declined through 2011.

Delinquency Case Rates for All Delinquency Offenses, 1985-2011

Year All juveniles
1985 44.1
1986 46.6
1987 47.0
1988 48.0
1989 49.3
1990 51.6
1991 55.2
1992 56.4
1993 57.2
1994 60.8
1995 63.8
1996 64.3
1997 63.5
1998 60.3
1999 57.3
2000 55.5
2001 53.7
2002 52.8
2003 52.6
2004 52.4
2005 52.3
2006 50.7
2007 51.0
2008 50.8
2009 46.9
2010 42.9
2011 39.4

Note: Rates are cases per 1,000 youth ages 10-upper age of juvenile court jurisdiction.

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  • The total delinquency case rate increased 46% between 1985 and 1996 and then declined 39% through 2011.
  • Following a steady decline since 2008 (down 2%), the delinquency case rate in 2011 reached a new historic low. The rate in 2011 (39.4 cases per 1,000 youth under juvenile court jurisdiction) was 11% below the 1985 rate (44.1).


Internet Citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available:
http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/court/JCSCR_Display.asp?ID=qa06230. May 22, 2014.

Adapted from Juvenile Court Statistics 2011. Forthcoming. Pittsburgh, PA: National Center for Juvenile Justice.

 

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