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Juveniles in Court
Delinquency Case Rate Trends
Despite a slight increase between 1985 and 1991, the property offense case rate declined from the mid-1990s though 2010.

Delinquency Case Rates for Property Offenses, 1985-2010

Year All juveniles
1985 27.0
1986 28.0
1987 28.4
1988 28.3
1989 28.7
1990 30.4
1991 33.2
1992 32.9
1993 30.9
1994 31.6
1995 32.1
1996 31.2
1997 29.7
1998 26.8
1999 24.3
2000 22.9
2001 21.3
2002 20.9
2003 20.5
2004 19.8
2005 19.1
2006 18.3
2007 18.8
2008 19.2
2009 17.9
2010 15.9

Note: Rates are cases per 1,000 youth ages 10-upper age of juvenile court jurisdiction.

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  • Between 1991 and 2010, the property offense case rate declined 52%. As a result, the rate in 2010 was 41% below the 1985 level.
  • Property offense case rates are higher than the rates for other offenses. In 2010, for example, juvenile courts processed 15.9 property offense cases for every 1,000 youth under juvenile court jurisdiction, compared with 11.3 public order offense cases, 11.0 person offense cases, and 5.2 drug offense cases.


Internet Citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available:
http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/court/JCSCR_Display.asp?ID=qa06232. April 17, 2013.

Adapted from Juvenile Court Statistics 2009. Forthcoming. Pittsburgh, PA: National Center for Juvenile Justice.

 

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