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Case Rate Trends
In 2021, juvenile courts processed 2.95 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.

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.
  • Most of the growth in the public order offense case rate took place between 1985 and 1998, during which time the rate increased 77%.
  • After a period of relative stability through 2008, the public order case rate fell 77% by 2021, reaching its lowest level since at least 1985.
  • The public order offense case rate (2.95) was lower than the person (5.03) and property offense (4.08) case rates in 2021.

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