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Juveniles in Court
Delinquency Case Rate Trends
Public order offense case rates were higher in 2011 than in 1985 for white youth and black youth, but lower for American Indian and Asian/NHPI youth.

Delinquency Case Rates for Public Order Offenses by Race, 1985-2011

Year Whites Blacks American Indian Asian/NHPI
1985 6.9 10.4 12.0 2.3
1986 7.5 11.9 11.4 2.3
1987 7.3 12.6 10.5 2.4
1988 7.3 14.6 12.0 2.6
1989 7.3 16.0 11.9 2.7
1990 7.5 17.3 10.7 3.0
1991 7.2 18.6 10.9 3.5
1992 7.5 19.6 11.3 3.8
1993 8.3 21.9 10.3 3.7
1994 9.2 23.4 12.5 3.9
1995 9.4 24.6 11.4 3.3
1996 10.3 25.8 12.8 3.3
1997 10.9 26.7 12.7 3.6
1998 11.4 25.5 14.7 3.6
1999 11.4 25.0 13.8 3.3
2000 11.4 25.9 11.6 3.6
2001 11.3 25.7 11.6 3.8
2002 11.2 25.8 12.1 3.8
2003 11.2 26.6 11.2 4.2
2004 11.2 28.3 11.4 4.0
2005 11.1 29.6 11.3 4.2
2006 10.9 29.7 10.9 4.0
2007 10.9 29.6 10.5 3.6
2008 10.7 29.2 10.3 3.4
2009 10.0 26.3 9.5 3.1
2010 9.1 23.5 8.8 2.6
2011 8.4 21.5 8.3 2.2

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

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  • After a period of stability between 1985 and 1991, the public order offense case rate for white youth grew steadily through 2000, resting at a rate 59% above the 1991 level. The rate was essentially constant through 2007 then declined through 2011.
  • For black youth, the public order offense case rate more than doubled between 1985 and 1997. Following a brief decline, the rate increased through the mid-2000s, leveled off, then declined 27% between 2007 and 2011.
  • For American Indian youth, the public order offense case rate grew 22% between 1985 and 1998. By 2011, the rate was 44% below its 1998 peak.
  • Unlike the trends for the other racial groups, the public order case rate for Asian/NHPI juveniles was relatively stable between 1985 and 2010, ranging between a low point of 2.2 (2011) and a peak of 4.2 (2005).


Internet Citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available:
http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/court/JCSCR_Display.asp?ID=qa06254. May 22, 2014.

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

 

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