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Juveniles in Court
Case Rate Trends
The person offense case rate declined 69% between 2005 and 2021.

Note: Rates are cases per 1,000 youth ages 10-upper age of juvenile court jurisdiction.

The COVID-19 pandemic, which began in March 2020, may have impacted the policies, procedures, and data collection activities regarding referrals to and processing of youth by juvenile courts for an indeterminate period of time. Additionally, stay-at-home orders and school closures likely impacted the volume and type of law-violating behavior by youth referred to juvenile court.

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  • The person offense case rate fell somewhat (down 8%) between its 1997 peak and 2000, stayed within a limited range through 2005, and then declined.
  • In 2021, there were 5.03 person offense cases processed by juvenile courts for every 1,000 youth under juvenile court jurisdiction, which was higher than property (4.08), drug (1.43), and public order (2.95) offense case rates.


Internet Citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available:
https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/court/JCSCR_Display.asp?ID=qa06231. December 22, 2023.

 

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