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Juveniles in Court
Petitioned Status Offense Cases
Q: How many petitioned status cases are handled by juvenile courts?
A: 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 Number
of cases
2008-2017 2013-2017 2016-2017
Total* 87,900 -49% -20% -4%
Runaway 7,600 -50% -19% -8%
Truancy 53,700 -22% -2% 1%
Curfew 4,700 -71% -54% -12%
Ungovernable 7,500 -61% -37% -13%
Liquor law violations 9,800 -74% -43% -14%

* 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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