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Delinquency Cases
Q: Has the juvenile courts' handling of delinquency cases changed?
A: Following the increased use of formal processing, the proportion of delinquency cases that resulted in adjudication or waiver grew moderately between 1985 and 2017.
Detail may not add to 100% due to rounding.
  • In 2017, youth were adjudicated delinquent or waived to criminal court in nearly one-third (31%) of all delinquency cases referred to juvenile court.
  • Between 1985 and 2017, the proportion of delinquency cases resulting in adjudication or waiver ranged from 29% to 36%.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: Released on April 23, 2019.

Adapted from Easy Access to Juvenile Court Statistics. Available on-line at:

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