Delinquency Case Rate Trends
The public order offense case rate for females increased 73% between 1985 and 2011 while the rate for males increased 28% during this period.
Delinquency Case Rates for Public Order Offenses by Sex, 1985-2011
Note: Rates are cases per 1,000 youth ages 10-upper age of juvenile court jurisdiction.
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- The male public order offense case rate increased gradually between 1985 and 1997, during which time the rate increased 70%. The male rate stayed within a limited range through 2008, averaging about 19 cases per 1,000 males under juvenile court jurisdiction. The rate in 2011 was 25% below the average for the 1997-2008 period.
- After a period of stability, the female public order offense case rate more than doubled between 1991 and 2005, the peak year. Between 2005 and 2011, the rate declined 28%.
- As a result of the large increase in female public order offense case rates, the male-female case rate disparity declined between 1985 and 2011. In 1985, the male public order offense case rate was more than 3 times the female rate; by 2011, the male rate was about 2.5 times the female rate - 14.4 compared with 5.7.
Internet Citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available:
May 22, 2014.
Adapted from Juvenile Court Statistics 2011
. Forthcoming. Pittsburgh, PA: National Center for Juvenile Justice.
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