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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 (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
1,355,500
28%
52%
64%
33%
1%
1%
Person Offenses
343,300
31
59
57
40
1
1
Violent Crime Index*
70,300
18
53
45
52
1
1
Criminal homicide
1,000
15
33
53
44
1
2
Forcible rape
7,500
4
58
66
31
2
1
Robbery
26,200
11
48
30
68
1
2
Aggravated assault
35,500
26
55
52
45
1
1
Simple assault
237,200
36
61
59
38
1
1
Other violent sex offenses
9,400
7
72
66
32
1
1
Other person offenses
26,500
30
57
68
30
1
1
Property Offenses
501,000
30
53
65
32
2
2
Property Crime Index**
354,700
35
52
63
33
2
2
Burglary
87,400
10
52
62
35
1
1
Larceny-theft
246,100
45
52
64
32
2
2
Motor vehicle theft
15,300
21
48
57
40
2
2
Arson
5,900
15
75
72
26
1
1
Vandalism
79,000
15
61
77
20
2
1
Trespassing
43,900
19
53
61
36
1
1
Stolen property offenses
13,900
15
45
55
42
1
2
Other property offenses
9,400
27
43
65
33
1
1
Drug Law Violations
161,900
18
41
77
21
2
1
Public Order Offenses
349,300
28
49
62
35
1
1
Obstruction of justice
162,400
27
41
63
34
1
1
Disorderly conduct
100,500
35
62
53
44
1
1
Weapons offenses
29,100
11
57
63
35
1
2
Liquor law violations
15,800
32
34
89
7
3
1
Nonviolent sex offenses
12,000
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.

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

 

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