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Q: What are the characteristics of delinquency cases handled by juvenile courts?
A: Females accounted for over one-fourth (28%) of the more than 1 million delinquency cases handled by juvenile courts in 2013, youth under age 16 accounted for 53% of all cases, and minority youth accounted for more than one-third (38%) of all cases.

Characteristics of delinquency cases handled by juvenile courts, 2013

Most serious offense
Number
of cases
Percent of cases handled by juvenile courts
Female Under 16 White Black American
Indian
Asian/NHPI
Total Delinquency
1,058,500
28%
53%
62%
35%
2%
1%
Person Offenses
278,300
31
61
55
42
1
1
Violent Crime Index*
57,200
17
55
43
55
1
1
Criminal homicide
900
13
34
47
50
2
1
Forcible rape
7,500
5
61
68
30
2
1
Robbery
22,000
11
49
25
73
0
2
Aggravated assault
26,900
26
58
50
47
1
1
Simple assault
186,400
37
62
57
40
2
1
Other violent sex offenses
9,700
7
71
71
27
1
2
Other person offenses
25,000
31
62
65
33
1
1
Property Offenses
366,600
28
54
61
36
2
1
Property Crime Index**
265,300
31
53
60
37
2
2
Burglary
65,300
10
53
58
39
2
1
Larceny-theft
183,400
40
52
60
36
2
2
Motor vehicle theft
11,600
22
50
58
38
2
1
Arson
5,000
15
76
67
31
1
1
Vandalism
54,200
16
61
73
24
2
1
Trespassing
29,900
21
52
56
41
1
1
Stolen property offenses
10,200
16
46
53
45
1
1
Other property offenses
7,100
26
46
63
35
1
1
Drug Law Violations
141,700
20
42
76
21
2
1
Public Order Offenses
271,800
28
51
62
36
1
1
Obstruction of justice
132,000
28
42
62
35
2
1
Disorderly conduct
74,500
37
64
52
46
1
1
Weapons offenses
21,700
12
60
60
37
1
1
Liquor law violations
9,000
31
36
87
8
3
1
Nonviolent sex offenses
10,600
18
65
73
25
1
1
Other public order offenses
24,000
25
48
75
22
1
2
* 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. Percents are based on unrounded numbers.

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  • Delinquency offenses are acts committed by juveniles that would be crimes if committed by adults.
  • In 2013, females accounted for 40% of all larceny-theft cases, 37% of all simple assault cases, and 37% of disorderly conduct cases.
  • Youth under age 16 accounted for three-fourths (76%) of all arson cases handled in 2013, and 60% or more of all simple assault, vandalism, disorderly conduct, and weapons offenses.
  • Minority youth accounted for more than half (57%) of all Violent Crime Index offense cases and nearly one-fourth (24%) of all drug law violation cases.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/court/qa06206.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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