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Juveniles in Court
Juvenile Court Cases
Q: How many delinquency cases are handled by juvenile courts?
A: In 2013 courts with juvenile jurisdiction disposed more than 1 million delinquency cases.

Estimated number of delinquency cases, 2013

Most serious offense
Number
of cases
Percent change
1985-2013 2004-2013 2009-2013 2012-2013
Total Delinquency
1,058,500
-9%
-37%
-34%
-7%
Person Offenses
278,300
51
-34
-30
-6
Violent Crime Index*
57,200
-5
-27
-34
-2
Criminal homicide
900
-28
-30
-37
-1
Forcible rape
7,500
98
-16
-12
-1
Robbery
22,000
-13
2
-33
4
Aggravated assault
26,900
-10
-42
-40
-7
Simple assault
186,400
77
-37
-31
-6
Other violent sex offenses
9,700
21
-18
-14
-3
Other person offenses
25,000
129
-28
-24
-11
Property Offenses
366,600
-48
-42
-40
-10
Property Crime Index**
265,300
-49
-40
-37
-10
Burglary
65,300
-54
-38
-38
-11
Larceny-theft
183,400
-45
-38
-35
-10
Motor vehicle theft
11,600
-70
-65
-49
-0
Arson
5,000
-24
-42
-38
-10
Vandalism
54,200
-37
-46
-48
-13
Trespassing
29,900
-44
-44
-45
-11
Stolen property offenses
10,200
-63
-48
-43
-7
Other property offenses
7,100
-61
-59
-49
-6
Drug Law Violations
141,700
83
-23
-20
-4
Public Order Offenses
271,800
40
-38
-36
-7
Obstruction of justice
132,000
97
-33
-30
-5
Disorderly conduct
74,500
66
-43
-40
-9
Weapons offenses
21,700
8
-44
-44
-7
Liquor law violations
9,000
-49
-47
-52
-23
Nonviolent sex offenses
10,600
-16
-25
-11
-2
Other public order offenses
24,000
-25
-38
-37
-3
* Includes criminal homicide, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault.
** Includes burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson.

Note: Detail may not add to totals because of rounding. Percent-change calculations are based on unrounded numbers.

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  • Delinquency offenses are acts committed by juveniles that would be crimes if committed by adults.
  • The juvenile court delinquency caseload peaked in 1997, then steadily decreased through 2013. By 2013, the delinquency caseload rested at a level lower than in 1985.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/court/qa06201.asp?qaDate=2013. Released on April 27, 2015.

Adapted from Easy Access to Juvenile Court Statistics. Available on-line at: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/ezajcs/.

Data Source: National Juvenile Court Data Archive. National Center for Juvenile Justice. Pittsburgh, PA.

 

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