Delinquency Case Rate Trends
The total delinquency case rate increased gradually from 1985 into the late 1990s and then declined through 2012.
Delinquency Case Rates for All Delinquency Offenses, 1985-2012
Note: Rates are cases per 1,000 youth ages 10-upper age of juvenile court jurisdiction.
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- The total delinquency case rate increased 46% between 1985 and 1996 and then declined 43% through 2012.
- Following a steady decline since 2008 (down 28%), the delinquency case rate in 2012 reached a new historic low. The rate in 2012 (36.6 cases per 1,000 youth under juvenile court jurisdiction) was 17% below the 1985 rate (44.1).
Internet Citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available:
February 20, 2015.
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