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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 2011.

Manner of handling profile for delinquency cases, 1985-2011

Year Formal
Adjudicated or waived
Formal
Not adjudicated
Informal

1985 30% 16% 54%
1986 30% 17% 52%
1987 29% 18% 53%
1988 29% 19% 51%
1989 32% 20% 49%
1990 31% 19% 50%
1991 30% 21% 50%
1992 30% 21% 49%
1993 31% 21% 47%
1994 31% 21% 47%
1995 31% 22% 46%
1996 33% 22% 45%
1997 34% 22% 44%
1998 35% 22% 42%
1999 36% 22% 43%
2000 36% 21% 43%
2001 36% 21% 43%
2002 36% 21% 43%
2003 35% 21% 43%
2004 35% 21% 45%
2005 34% 21% 45%
2006 34% 22% 44%
2007 34% 22% 44%
2008 33% 22% 45%
2009 33% 22% 46%
2010 32% 21% 47%
2011 32% 22% 46%

Detail may not add to total due to rounding.

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  • In 2011, youth were adjudicated delinquent or waived to criminal court in one-third (32%) of all delinquency cases referred to juvenile court.
  • Between 1985 and 2011, the proportion of delinquency cases resulting in adjudication or waiver ranged from 29% to 36%.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/court/qa06402.asp?qaDate=2011. Released on May 22, 2014.

Adapted from Juvenile Court Statistics 2011 (forthcoming). Pittsburgh, PA: National Center for Juvenile Justice.

 

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