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Case Rate Trends
The female and male delinquency case rates declined steadily between 2008 and 2018.

Note: Rates are cases per 1,000 youth ages 10-upper age of juvenile court jurisdiction.
  • For both males and females, the delinquency case rate increased from 1985 through the mid-1990s. For males, the rate increased 37% to reach a peak in 1996 then fell 65% by 2018. Comparatively, the female rate reached a peak in 1997, 73% above the 1985 rate. This increase was followed by a 57% decline between 1997 and 2018. Rates in 2018 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 2018. In 1985, the delinquency case rate for males was 4 times greater than the rate for females; by 2018, the male rate was 2.6 times the female rate - 33.5 compared with 13.1.

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