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Juvenile Court Cases
Q: Do delinquency case rates vary by age and offense?
A: Delinquency case rates generally increase with the age of the juvenile; however, within offense categories, there are variations in the pattern of age-specific case rates.
Cases per 1,000 juveniles in age group, 2008

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  • Case rates increased continuously with age across all offense categories.
  • The increase in case rates between age 13 and age 17 was sharpest for drug offenses. In 2008, the drug offense case rate for 17-year-olds was more than nine times the rate for 13-year-olds.
  • For public order offenses, the case rate for 17-year-olds was nearly four times the rate for 13-year-olds; for property offenses, the 17-year-old rate was three times the rate for 13-year-olds; for person offenses, the 17-year-old rate was twice the rate for 13-year-olds.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/court/qa06202.asp?qaDate=2008. Released on May 06, 2011.

Adapted from Puzzanchera, C., Adams, B., and Sickmund, M. (2011). Juvenile Court Statistics. Pittsburgh, PA: National Center for Juvenile Justice.


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