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Juveniles in Court
Case Rate Trends
The female delinquency case rate increased more - and declined less - than the male rate between 1985 and 2017.

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

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  • For both males and females, the delinquency case rate increased from 1985 through the mid-1990s. For males, the rate increased 38% to reach a peak in 1996 then fell 62% by 2017. Comparatively, the female rate reached a peak in 1997, 78% above the 1985 rate. This increase was followed by a 54% decline between 1997 and 2017. Rates in 2017 for both males and females were at their lowest level since at least 1985.
  • The disparity between male and female delinquency case rates declined between 1985 and 2017. In 1985, the delinquency case rate for males was 4 times greater than the rate for females; by 2017, the male rate was 2.6 times the female rate - 36.9 compared with 14.3.

Internet Citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available:
https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/court/JCSCR_Display.asp?ID=qa06240. April 23, 2019.


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