In 2020, juvenile courts processed 3.55 public order offense cases for every 1,000 youth under juvenile court jurisdiction.
|Note: Rates are cases per 1,000 youth ages 10-upper age of juvenile court jurisdiction.
It is important to note that 2020 was the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, which may have impacted policies, procedures, and data collection activities regarding referrals to and processing of youth by juvenile courts. Additionally, stay-at-home orders and school closures likely impacted the volume and type of law-violating behavior by youth referred to juvenile court in 2020.
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- Most of the growth in the public order offense case rate took place between 1985 and 1998 - an increase of 77%.
- After a few years of stability, the rate reached its peak in 2004, then fell 74% by 2020, reaching its lowest level since at least 1985.
- The public order offense case rate (3.55) was lower than person (5.41) and property offense (4.96) case rates in 2020.
Internet Citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available:
January 10, 2023.
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