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Drug Offense Cases in Juvenile Courts, 19852004 (FS 200803) February 2008
Grant
Stahl, A. L.
Provides data on delinquency cases involving drug offenses handled between 1985 and 2004 by U.S. courts with juvenile jurisdiction. In 2004, U.S. juvenile courts handled an estimated 193,700 delinquency cases in which a drug offense was the most serious charge. Between 1991 and 2004, the number of cases involving drug offenses that juvenile courts handled more than doubled. Drug offense cases accounted for 12 percent of all delinquency cases in 2004, compared with 7 percent in 1985. This Fact Sheet is based on the OJJDP report Juvenile Court Statistics 20032004 which focuses on cases involving juveniles charged with law violations (delinquency or status offenses). The data used in the analyses were contributed to the National Juvenile Court Data Archive by nearly 1,900 courts with jurisdiction over 77 percent of the juvenile population in 2004. Available online only.
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