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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) provide the latest answers to the most commonly asked questions about juveniles in court. Here you will learn about trends in the volume of delinquency and petitioned status offense cases handled by the nationís juvenile courts, and case processing characteristics.

Delinquency Cases

Counts and Trends

  • How many delinquency cases are handled by juvenile courts? [Answer]
  • What are the characteristics of delinquency cases handled by juvenile courts? [Answer]
  • What proportion of delinquency cases are referred to juvenile court by law enforcement agencies? [Answer]
  • How has the delinquency caseload grown over the past 4 decades? [Answer]
  • Does the trend in delinquency cases vary across offenses? [Answer]

Delinquency Case Rates

  • Do delinquency case rates vary by age and offense? [Answer]
  • What are the delinquency case rate trends for certain offenses? [Answer]

Detention

  • Has the juvenile courts' use of detention in delinquency cases changed? [Answer]
  • Do trends in the number of detained cases vary by offense? [Answer]
  • Do trends in the use of detention vary by offense? [Answer]
  • Have trends in the number of detained cases varied by race? [Answer]

Manner of Handling

  • Has the juvenile courts' formal delinquency caseload grown? [Answer]
  • Has the juvenile courts' handling of delinquency cases changed? [Answer]

Disposition

  • Has there been an increase in the number of delinquency cases ordered to formal probation or residential placement? [Answer]
  • Have there been increases in the number of cases judicially waived to criminal court? [Answer]

Case Flow

  • How does the juvenile court process a typical delinquency case? [Answer]

Petitioned Status Offense Cases

Counts and Trends

  • How many petitioned status cases are handled by juvenile courts? [Answer] new icon
  • Do the trends in the petitioned status offense cases vary by offense? [Answer] new icon
  • What are the characteristics of petitioned status offense cases handled by juvenile courts? [Answer] new icon
  • What proportion of petitioned status cases are referred to juvenile court by law enforcement? [Answer] new icon

Petitioned Status Case Rates

  • What are the case rate trends for petitioned status offenses? [Answer] new icon

Detention

  • Has the number of petitioned status offense cases involving detention changed? [Answer] new icon
  • Do trends in the number of detained status cases vary by offense? [Answer] new icon
  • Do trends in the use of detention vary by offense? [Answer] new icon

Disposition

  • Has the sanctioning of petitioned status offense cases changed? [Answer] new icon
  • What is the trend in dispostions for adjudicated status offense cases? [Answer] new icon

 

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