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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

Year Males Females
1985 11.3 3.3
1986 12.3 3.6
1987 12.3 3.5
1988 12.7 3.6
1989 13.1 3.7
1990 13.8 3.7
1991 13.7 3.6
1992 14.4 3.8
1993 15.7 4.5
1994 17.0 5.0
1995 17.3 5.4
1996 18.5 6.1
1997 19.1 6.6
1998 19.2 7.0
1999 19.1 7.0
2000 19.2 7.3
2001 18.9 7.4
2002 18.6 7.6
2003 18.9 7.7
2004 19.2 7.9
2005 19.4 8.0
2006 19.3 7.8
2007 19.2 7.8
2008 18.8 7.6
2009 17.5 6.9
2010 15.6 6.3
2011 14.4 5.7

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:
http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/court/JCSCR_Display.asp?ID=qa06244. May 22, 2014.

Adapted from Juvenile Court Statistics 2011. Forthcoming. Pittsburgh, PA: National Center for Juvenile Justice.

 

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