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Case Rate Trends
Male and female property offense case rates declined from 2008 to 2021, but the relative decline was greater for females.

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.
  • The male property offense case rate fell 76% between 2008 and 2021, while the rate for females fell 83%. By 2021, 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 3.3 in 2021.

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