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Juveniles in Court
Manner of Handling
Q: Has the juvenile courts' handling of delinquency cases changed?
A: Following the increased use of formal processing, the proportion of delinquency cases that resulted in adjudication or waiver grew moderately between 1985 and 2010.

Manner of handling profile for delinquency cases, 1985-2010

 
                            Formal                            
 
Year Adjudicated or waived Not adjudicated Informal

1985 29 % 16 % 55 %
1986 30   17   52  
1987 29   18   53  
1988 30   19   51  
1989 31   19   49  
1990 31   19   50  
1991 30   21   50  
1992 30   21   49  
1993 31   21   47  
1994 31   21   47  
1995 32   22   46  
1996 33   22   45  
1997 34   22   44  
1998 34   24   43  
1999 35   23   43  
2000 35   22   43  
2001 35   22   44  
2002 35   21   43  
2003 34   22   44  
2004 34   22   45  
2005 33   22   45  
2006 34   22   44  
2007 33   22   45  
2008 32   22   45  
2009 32   22   46  
2010 32   22   46  

Detail may not add to total due to rounding.

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  • In 2010, youth were adjudicated delinquent or waived to criminal court in one-third (32%) of all delinquency cases referred to juvenile court.
  • Between 1985 and 2010, the proportion of delinquency cases resulting in adjudication or waiver ranged from 29% to 35%.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/court/qa06402.asp?qaDate=2010. Released on April 17, 2013.

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

 

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