line National Estimates of Petitioned Status Offense Cases (Continued)

Table 65: Age Profile of Detained Petitioned Status Offense Cases, 1986, 1991, and 1995Age at Referral

Youth under age 16 accounted for more than half (56%) of the petitioned status offense cases that involved detention in 1995, while youth under age 15 accounted for 30% of cases involving detention (table 65). Fifteen-year-olds and 16-year-olds each accounted for more than one-quarter of the cases involving detention.

The likelihood of detention in formally processed status offense cases varied little across age groups (table 66). Detention was used in 6% to 8% of petitioned status offense cases involving youth between ages 13 and 17. Across all ages, detention was used in a greater proportion of runaway cases than other status offense categories.

Table 66: Percentage of Petitioned Status Offense Cases Detained, by Age at Referral, 1995

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line Juvenile Court Statistics 1995, May 1998