Male and female property offense case rates declined from 2008 to 2020, but the relative decline was greater for females.
|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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- The male property offense case rate fell 72% between 2008 and 2020, while the rate for females fell 78%. By 2020, the rates for males and females were at their lowest level since at least 1985.
- Because of the larger decrease in the female property case rate, the disparity between male and female property offense case rates increased from 2.4 in 2008 to 3.1 in 2020.
Internet Citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available:
January 10, 2023.
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