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Juveniles in Court
Juvenile Court Cases
Q: What are the characteristics of delinquency cases handled by juvenile courts?
A: Females accounted for one-fourth (28%) of the nearly 1.4 million delinquency cases handled by juvenile courts in 2010, youth under age 16 accounted for 52% of all cases, and minority youth accounted for one-third (35%) of all cases.

Characteristics of delinquency cases handled by juvenile courts, 2010

Most serious offense
Number
of cases
Percent of cases handled by juvenile courts
Female Under 16 White Black American
Indian
Asian/NHPI
Total Delinquency
1,355,500
28%
52%
64%
33%
1%
1%
Person Offenses
344,300
31
59
57
40
1
1
Violent Crime Index*
71,100
18
53
45
52
1
1
Criminal homicide
1,000
15
33
53
44
1
2
Forcible rape
7,600
4
58
67
31
2
1
Robbery
26,300
11
48
30
68
1
2
Aggravated assault
36,100
26
55
52
45
1
1
Simple assault
235,500
36
61
59
38
1
1
Other violent sex offenses
10,000
8
73
67
31
1
1
Other person offenses
27,800
31
58
68
30
1
1
Property Offenses
499,600
30
53
65
32
2
2
Property Crime Index**
354,000
35
52
63
33
2
2
Burglary
87,300
10
52
62
35
1
1
Larceny-theft
245,600
45
52
64
32
2
2
Motor vehicle theft
15,300
21
47
57
40
2
2
Arson
5,900
14
75
71
26
1
1
Vandalism
78,600
16
61
77
20
2
1
Trespassing
43,700
19
52
61
36
1
1
Stolen property offenses
13,800
15
45
55
42
1
2
Other property offenses
9,400
27
43
65
33
1
1
Drug Law Violations
162,000
18
41
76
21
2
1
Public Order Offenses
349,500
28
49
62
35
1
1
Obstruction of justice
163,100
27
41
63
34
1
1
Disorderly conduct
100,600
35
62
53
44
1
1
Weapons offenses
29,600
12
58
63
35
1
2
Liquor law violations
15,800
32
34
89
7
3
1
Nonviolent sex offenses
11,400
20
64
74
24
1
1
Other public order offenses
29,100
25
48
73
25
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=2010. Released on April 17, 2013.

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

 

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