||Has the juvenile courts' handling of delinquency cases changed?
||The proportion of formally handled cases that did not result in a delinquency adjudication increased between 1985 and 2020.
Detail may not add to 100% due to rounding.
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.
- In 2020, youth were adjudicated delinquent or waived to criminal court in 27.0% of all delinquency cases referred to juvenile court.
- Between 1985 and 2020, the proportion of delinquency cases resulting in adjudication or waiver ranged from 27.0% to 36.3%.
Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book
. Online. Available: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/court/qa06402.asp?qaDate=2020.
Released on January 10, 2023.
Adapted from Easy Access to Juvenile Court Statistics
. Available on-line at: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/ezajcs/
Data Source: National Juvenile Court Data Archive. National Center for Juvenile Justice. Pittsburgh, PA.