line National Estimates of Delinquency Cases (Continued)

Table 25: Percentage of Delinquency Cases Petitioned, by Age at Referral, 1986, 1991, and 1995Age at Referral

Intake Decision
Delinquency cases involving juveniles age 16 or older were more likely to be handled formally than cases involving younger youth (figure 7). Overall, 52% of delinquency cases involving youth age 15 or younger were processed with the filing of a petition (compared with 59% of cases involving older youth). The likelihood of formal handling increased between 1986 and 1995 for both younger and older youth in all offense categories (table 25).

Figure 7: Juvenile Court Processing of Delinquency Cases, by Age at Referral, 1995

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line Juvenile Court Statistics 1995, May 1998