Between 2005 and 2020, the petitioned runaway case rate decreased most for Asian/NHPI youth (88%), followed by white youth and Black youth (70% each), Hispanic youth (68%), and American Indian (66%) youth.
|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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- Runaway case rates were at their highest level for all racial groups in either 2005 or 2006; by 2020, rates for all but American Indian and Asian/NHPI youth were at or below their lowest level since at least 2005.
Internet Citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available:
January 10, 2023.
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