|Petitioned Status Offense Cases
||How many petitioned status cases are handled by juvenile courts?
||In 2017, an estimated 87,900 petitioned status offense cases were handled in juvenile court.
Estimated number of petitioned status offense cases, 2017
|Most serious offense
|Liquor law violations
* Includes other offenses not shown.
Note: Percent-change based on unrounded numbers.
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- Status offenses are acts that are illegal only because the persons committing them are of juvenile status.
- The juvenile court caseload for petitioned status offenses declined 49% between 2008 and 2017.
- Truancy cases accounted for the majority (61%) of petitioned status offense cases disposed in 2017.
See also: What types of violations constitute a status offense in each state?
Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/court/qa06601.asp?qaDate=2017.
Released on April 23, 2019.
Data Source: National Juvenile Court Data Archive. National Center for Juvenile Justice. Pittsburgh, PA.
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