National Estimates of Petitioned Status Offense Cases (Continued)
In 7% of the formally processed status offense cases disposed by juvenile courts in 1995, the juvenile was held in a detention facility at some point between referral to court and case disposition (table 52). Juveniles were detained in 12% of runaway cases, 7% of ungovernability cases, 6% of status liquor law violations, and 2% of cases involving truancy charges. Of the estimated 9,900 petitioned status offense cases that involved detention in 1995, runaway cases and liquor law violation cases made up the greatest proportions (followed by ungovernability cases and truancy cases) (table 53).
The number of formal status offense cases that involved detention was 37% greater in 1995 than in 1991, but 22% lower than the number of detention cases in 1986 (table 54). Although most of the status offense categories saw a decline in the number of cases involving detention since 1986, the status liquor and miscellaneous categories saw an increased number of detentions.
Juvenile Court Statistics 1995, May 1998