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Case Rate Trends
The total delinquency case rate increased gradually from 1985 through the late 1990s and then declined.

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.
  • The total delinquency case rate increased 43% between 1985 and 1996 and then declined 79% through 2021.
  • Following a steady decline since 2008 (down 73%), the delinquency case rate fell to 13.5 cases per 1,000 youth under juvenile court jurisdiction, 69% below the 1985 rate (44.2).

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