|Probation as a Court Disposition
||Do trends in the number of adjudicated cases receiving probation vary by offense?
||Increases in the number of adjudicated cases ordered to formal probation occurred in all four offense categories, with drug offense cases showing the sharpest increase between 1985 and 2010.
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- Between 1985 and 2010, the volume of adjudicated delinquency cases ordered to formal probation increased 34%. In comparison, the number of adjudicated delinquency cases ordered to residential placement increased 7% during the same period.
- The number of adjudicated drug offense cases ordered to formal probation increased 153% between 1985 and 2010. During the same period, there was a 115% increase among person offense cases and a 107% increase among public order offense cases. The number of adjudicated property offense cases ordered to formal probation increased 50% between 1985 and 1997, but then declined substantially through 2010, resting below the 1985-level.
- As a result of these changes, the formal probation caseload included greater proportions of person, drug, and public order offense cases in 2009 than in 1985.
Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/probation/qa07104.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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