Delinquency Case Rate Trends
Case rates for drug offenses increased 54% between 1985 and 2013 - from 2.9 to 4.5 cases per 1,000 youth under juvenile court jurisdiction.
Delinquency Case Rates for Drug Offenses, 1985-2013
Note: Rates are cases per 1,000 youth ages 10-upper age of juvenile court jurisdiction.
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- Most of the increase in drug offense case rates occurred between 1991 and the mid-1990s, during which time the rate increased more than 160%.
- Between 1999 and 2007, the drug offense case rate remained relatively stable, averaging 5.8 cases per 1,000 youth under juvenile court jurisdiction, and then decreased 20% through 2013.
- Drug offense case rates are lower than the case rates for other offenses. In 2013, for example, juvenile courts processed 4.5 drug offense cases for every 1,000 youth under juvenile court jurisdiction, compared with 11.7 property offense cases, 8.7 public order offense cases, and 8.9 person offense cases.
Internet Citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available:
April 17, 2015.
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