• The person offense case rate declined 44% between 2006 and 2015.[Read more]
  • Case rates for drug offenses increased 20% between 1985 and 2015 - from 2.9 to 3.5 cases per 1,000 youth under juvenile court jurisdiction.[Read more]
  • The female delinquency case rate increased more - and declined less - than the male rate between 1985 and 2014. [Read more]
  • In 2015, the drug offense case rate for males was about three times the female rate. [Read more]
  • Between 2005 and 2015, the person offense case rate decreased most for Asian youth (64%), followed white (42%) and American Indian (42%) youth, by Hispanic youth (41%), and black youth (39%). [Read more]
  • Drug offense case rates for black youth showed the greatest decline between 2005 and 2015. [Read more]
  • The decrease in the overall status offense case rate was the same (down 39% each) for males and females between 2005 and 2015. [Read more]
  • Between 2005 and 2015, the female rate for curfew violation cases fell by more than half (55%), while the male case rate decreased 49%. [Read more]
  • Between 2005 and 2015, the runaway case rate decreased most for Asian (83%) and American Indian (74%), followed by Hispanic (62%), white youth (54%), and black youth (47%). [Read more]
  • Curfew violation case rates for Asian and Hispanic youth showed the greatest decline between 2005 and 2015. [Read more]
  • In 2015 courts with juvenile jurisdiction disposed less than 900,000 delinquency cases, the fewest number of cases handled since the mid-1970s.[Read more]
  • Delinquency case rates generally increase with the age of the juvenile; however, within offense categories, there are variations in the pattern of age-specific case rates.[Read more]
  • Females accounted for over one-fourth (28%) of the 884,600 delinquency cases handled by juvenile courts in 2015, youth under age 16 accounted for 52% of all cases, and minority youth accounted for more than half (56%) of all cases.[Read more]
  • Drug offense cases were most likely to involve detention between 1987 and 1994; since 2004, person offense cases were most likely to involve detention.[Read more]
  • Following the increased use of formal processing, the proportion of delinquency cases that resulted in adjudication or waiver grew moderately between 1985 and 2015.[Read more]
  • In 2015, an estimated 99,960 petitioned status offense cases were handled in juvenile court.[Read more]
  • Females accounted for 43% of the estimated 99,960 petitioned status offense handled by juvenile courts in 2015, youth under age 16 accounted for 54%, and white youth accounted for 64%.[Read more]
  • The use of detention increased for runaway cases since 2005, and stayed within a limited range for the remaining offenses.[Read more]
  • While the use of informal sanctions remained relatively stable between 2005 and 2015, a larger proportion of petitioned status offense cases were dismissed in 2015 (44%) than in 2005 (34%).[Read more]
Juvenile Court Statistics 2015 Manner of handling profile by offense, 2015 Offense profile of petitioned status offense cases, 2015

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