|Petitioned Status Offense Cases
||How many petitioned status offense cases are handled by juvenile courts?
||In 2020, an estimated 57,700 petitioned status offense cases were handled in juvenile court.
Estimated number of petitioned status offense cases, 2020
|Most serious offense
|Liquor law violations
* Includes other offenses not shown.
Note: Percent-change based on unrounded numbers.
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.
- 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 59% between 2011 and 2020.
- Truancy cases accounted for the majority (58%) of petitioned status offense cases disposed in 2020.
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=2020.
Released on January 10, 2023.
Data Source: National Juvenile Court Data Archive. National Center for Juvenile Justice. Pittsburgh, PA.