Truancy case rates peaked in 2007 for both males and 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 trend in the truancy case rate was similar for males and females. Rates peaked in 2007 for both groups (2.64 per 1,000 for males and 2.43 per 1,000 for females), then, after a period of stability through 2017, declined to their lowest level in 2020 (down 44% for males and 45% for females between 2017 and 2020).
Internet Citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available:
January 10, 2023.
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