National Estimates of
Delinquency Cases (Continued)
Between 1986 and 1995, changes in the likelihood of detention were relatively comparable for males and females. For most offenses, the use of detention changed only a few percentage points. Drug cases were an exception. In drug cases involving both males and females, the use of detention increased between 1986 and 1990 and then dropped steadily through 1995. The change in the use of detention forpublic order offense cases involving females was also relatively large; detention declined 9 percentage points between 1986 and 1995.