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Juveniles in Court
Juvenile Court Cases
Q: What are the characteristics of delinquency cases handled by juvenile courts?
A: The typical delinquency case involves a white male under the age of 16; however, the demographic profile of varies by offense.

Characteristics of delinquency cases handled by juvenile courts, 2009

Most serious offense
Number
of cases
Percent of cases handled by juvenile courts
Female Under 16 White Black American
Indian
Asian/NHPI
Total Delinquency
1,480,700
28%
52%
63%
34%
1%
1%
Person Offenses
363,900
30
59
57
41
1
1
Violent Crime Index*
77,900
18
53
44
53
1
1
Criminal homicide
1,300
14
39
54
44
1
1
Forcible rape
7,900
4
61
68
30
2
1
Robbery
29,400
11
49
29
69
1
2
Aggravated assault
39,200
25
55
51
47
1
2
Simple assault
247,200
35
61
59
39
1
1
Other violent sex offenses
10,300
8
72
68
30
1
1
Other person offenses
28,600
29
56
68
30
1
1
Property Offenses
564,400
30
53
65
32
1
2
Property Crime Index**
398,500
35
52
63
33
1
2
Burglary
96,600
11
53
62
35
1
1
Larceny-theft
276,200
45
52
64
33
2
2
Motor vehicle theft
18,600
21
48
57
40
2
2
Arson
7,100
14
74
71
26
1
1
Vandalism
90,600
15
61
78
19
2
1
Trespassing
48,100
19
53
60
38
1
1
Stolen property offenses
15,600
14
47
52
45
1
2
Other property offenses
11,600
29
43
62
36
1
1
Drug Law Violations
164,000
18
39
75
22
2
1
Public Order Offenses
388,300
27
49
62
35
1
1
Obstruction of justice
184,000
27
41
63
34
1
1
Disorderly conduct
110,100
35
62
52
46
1
1
Weapons offenses
32,300
11
56
62
35
1
2
Liquor law violations
16,800
31
33
89
7
3
1
Nonviolent sex offenses
11,600
21
64
73
25
1
1
Other public order offenses
33,500
24
47
72
26
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.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/court/qa06206.asp?qaDate=2009. Released on May 01, 2012.

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

 

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