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Juveniles in Court
Petitioned Status Offense Cases
Q: Do trends in the use of detention vary by offense?
A: The use of detention increased for runaway cases since 2005, and stayed within a limited range for the remaining offenses.

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  • Juvenile courts sometimes hold youth in secure detention facilities during court processing of their case. Depending on the State's detention laws, the court may decide detention is necessary to ensure the juvenile's appearance at subsequent court hearings, to protect the community from the juvenile, or to secure the juvenile's own safety. Detention may also be ordered for the purpose of evaluating the juvenile.
  • The likelihood of detention increased 4 percentage points for runaway cases, from 13% to 16% between 2005 and 2017. Despite the relative stability for ungovernability cases, the likelihood for detention was two percentage points higher in 2017 than in 2005 (10% vs. 8%). For the remaining offenses, the likelihood of detention in 2017 was below their level in 2005.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/court/qa06703.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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