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Juveniles on Probation
Probation as a Court Disposition
Q: How many delinquency cases receive probation as the most restrictive disposition?
A: Probation was ordered in 53% of the nearly 1 million delinquency cases that received a juvenile court sanction in 2010.

Disposition of delinquency cases, 1985-2010

Year Waived to
criminal court
Placed Probation Other sanctions

1985 5,700 105,400 422,000 192,400
1986 6,300 113,100 433,600 209,800
1987 5,900 108,700 429,800 218,300
1988 6,100 109,200 430,600 218,800
1989 7,200 120,200 412,900 233,800
1990 7,800 125,400 455,900 246,700
1991 9,800 127,900 482,400 303,300
1992 10,300 132,400 511,200 316,500
1993 11,200 138,900 497,000 324,700
1994 13,300 151,900 530,900 353,700
1995 12,200 161,500 593,600 367,100
1996 12,400 166,900 677,900 361,700
1997 11,700 173,300 703,300 355,200
1998 11,000 166,700 670,400 342,900
1999 9,800 165,100 651,100 340,800
2000 8,600 165,600 615,000 370,200
2001 7,600 157,800 610,000 362,000
2002 8,100 158,100 604,700 371,700
2003 7,800 153,600 600,700 388,000
2004 7,600 144,200 592,500 387,000
2005 7,600 148,500 577,100 383,100
2006 7,900 146,900 571,100 361,900
2007 7,800 143,400 575,500 365,900
2008 7,700 139,000 572,200 355,000
2009 6,600 123,800 533,400 329,400
2010 6,000 112,600 491,100 310,300

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  • In 2010, an estimated 491,100 delinquency cases resulted in a term of probation - 16% above the the number of cases placed on probation in 1985.
  • Adjudicated delinquents accounted for 53% (260,300) of all delinquency cases placed on probation in 2010. In the remaining delinquency cases, the youth agreed to some form of voluntary or informal probation.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/probation/qa07102.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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