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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 more than 800,000 delinquency cases that received a juvenile court sanction in 2011.

Disposition of delinquency cases, 1985-2011

Year Waived to
criminal court
Residential
placement
Probation Other sanctions

1985 5,800 105,800 365,100 242,200
1986 6,400 113,400 383,100 257,400
1987 6,000 108,900 375,000 268,400
1988 6,100 108,500 376,700 269,500
1989 7,400 120,100 401,500 242,200
1990 7,400 123,400 434,900 259,000
1991 8,800 126,000 460,300 318,400
1992 9,400 131,000 488,900 334,000
1993 11,600 137,700 486,200 339,700
1994 13,600 150,100 517,900 367,900
1995 12,700 159,000 575,400 386,100
1996 12,700 163,900 661,300 379,100
1997 12,000 168,700 685,400 376,400
1998 11,400 168,600 659,500 373,100
1999 10,400 167,000 643,000 359,700
2000 8,700 165,700 638,800 361,000
2001 7,700 155,700 633,800 351,800
2002 8,200 154,600 623,800 361,200
2003 7,900 151,200 623,600 373,800
2004 7,700 143,800 612,100 373,600
2005 7,900 145,200 595,000 372,500
2006 8,100 141,700 582,800 357,100
2007 8,000 138,900 584,800 365,600
2008 7,700 135,000 583,500 354,700
2009 7,200 118,400 535,900 333,000
2010 6,700 105,900 488,000 310,600
2011 5,400 95,900 446,300 294,100

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  • In 2011, an estimated 446,300 delinquency cases resulted in a term of probation - 22% above the the number of cases placed on probation in 1985.
  • Adjudicated delinquents accounted for 56% (250,000) of all delinquency cases placed on probation in 2011. 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=2011. Released on May 22, 2014.

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

 

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