|Probation as a Court Disposition
||How many delinquency cases receive probation as the most restrictive disposition?
||Probation was ordered in 51% of the nearly 325,400 delinquency cases that received a juvenile court sanction in 2020.
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.
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- In 2020, an estimated 165,100 delinquency cases resulted in a term of probation - 55% below the the number of cases placed on probation in 1985.
- Adjudicated delinquency cases accounted for 54% (88,700) of all delinquency cases placed on probation in 2020. In the remaining delinquency cases, the youth agreed to some form of voluntary or informal probation.
Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book
. Online. Available: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/probation/qa07102.asp?qaDate=2020.
Released on January 10, 2023.
Adapted from Easy Access to Juvenile Court Statistics
. Available on-line at: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/ezajcs/
Data Source: National Juvenile Court Data Archive. National Center for Juvenile Justice. Pittsburgh, PA.
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