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Juveniles in Court
Case Rate Trends
Truancy case rates peaked in 2007 for both males and females.

Truancy offenses
Cases per 1,000 youth ages 10-upper age by Sex

Year Male Female
2005 2.28 2.09
2006 2.51 2.29
2007 2.63 2.42
2008 2.53 2.33
2009 2.37 2.18
2010 2.08 1.89
2011 2.02 1.80
2012 2.12 1.88
2013 2.04 1.81
2014 1.89 1.69
2015 2.03 1.77
2016 2.01 1.76
2017 2.01 1.74
2018 1.87 1.60
2019 1.64 1.40
2020 1.09 0.93
2021 1.00 0.83

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.

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  • The trend in the truancy case rate was similar for males and females. Rates peaked in 2007 for both groups (2.63 per 1,000 males and 2.42 per 1,000 females), then, after a period of stability through 2017, declined through 2021 (down 50% for males and 53% for females between 2017 and 2021).


Internet Citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available:
https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/court/JCSCR_Display.asp?ID=qa06272. December 22, 2023.

 

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