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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 (36%) 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
1,351,000
28%
52%
64%
33%
1%
1%
Person Offenses
342,500
31
59
57
40
1
1
Violent Crime Index*
68,500
18
52
45
53
1
1
Criminal homicide
1,000
14
33
54
43
1
2
Forcible rape
5,700
4
59
68
29
2
1
Robbery
26,300
11
48
30
68
1
2
Aggravated assault
35,500
25
55
52
45
1
1
Simple assault
237,200
36
61
59
38
1
1
Other violent sex offenses
11,100
7
69
65
33
1
1
Other person offenses
25,600
30
57
67
30
1
1
Property Offenses
498,500
30
53
65
31
2
2
Property Crime Index**
352,800
35
52
64
33
2
2
Burglary
87,100
10
52
63
35
1
1
Larceny-theft
245,100
45
52
64
32
2
2
Motor vehicle theft
15,100
21
48
57
39
2
2
Arson
5,500
14
76
74
24
1
1
Vandalism
79,200
16
60
77
20
2
1
Trespassing
43,500
19
52
62
36
1
1
Stolen property offenses
13,700
15
45
55
42
1
2
Other property offenses
9,300
27
43
65
33
1
1
Drug Law Violations
161,100
18
41
77
21
2
1
Public Order Offenses
349,000
28
49
63
35
1
1
Obstruction of justice
162,800
27
41
63
34
1
1
Disorderly conduct
99,600
35
62
53
44
1
1
Weapons offenses
28,900
11
57
63
35
1
2
Liquor law violations
16,200
32
35
89
7
3
1
Nonviolent sex offenses
12,100
19
65
74
24
1
1
Other public order offenses
29,500
26
48
72
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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Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/court/qa06206.asp?qaDate=2010. Released on April 17, 2013.

Adapted from Juvenile Court Statistics 2010 (forthcoming). Pittsburgh, PA: National Center for Juvenile Justice.

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

 

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