Petitioned status offense case rates decreased for each race/ethnicity group between 2005 and 2020.
|Note: Rates are cases per 1,000 youth ages 10-upper age of juvenile court jurisdiction.
*Excludes persons of Hispanic ethnicity. Persons of Hispanic ethnicity can be of any race.
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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- Between 2005 and 2020, the petitioned status offense case rate decreased 70% for cases involving Black youth, 71% for cases involving Asian/NHPI youth, 69% for cases involving white youth, 64% for cases involving Hispanic youth, and 59% for cases involving American Indian youth.
- The annual petitioned status offense case rates for Black and American Indian youth have been consistently higher than the rates for all other race groups since 2005.
Internet Citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available:
January 10, 2023.
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