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Delinquency Cases
Q: How has the delinquency caseload changed since the 1960s?
A: The 2020 juvenile court delinquency caseload was 26% above the caseload in 1960.
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.
  • On any given day in 2020, juvenile courts handled 1,400 delinquency cases. In comparison, in 1960, approximately 1,100 delinquency cases were processed daily.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: Released on January 10, 2023.

Data Source: National Juvenile Court Data Archive. National Center for Juvenile Justice. Pittsburgh, PA.