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Drug Offense Cases in Juvenile Courts, 19891998 (FS 200136) September 2001
2 page(s)
Stahl, A. L.
This Fact Sheet discusses drug abuse violations as the criminal offense category with the highest arrest rate in 1999. In 1998, juvenile court cases involving drug offenses were more than double what they were in 1993 and accounted for 11 percent of all delinquency cases. In 1998, most formally petitioned drug cases that were not waived or adjudicated were dismissed (67 percent). In 16 percent of these cases, the juvenile agreed to informal probation and in another 15 percent to other dispositions. About 2 percent of these cases resulted in voluntary out-of-home placement.