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Juveniles in Court
Juvenile Court Cases
Q: How many delinquency cases are handled by juvenile courts?
A: In 2011 courts with juvenile jurisdiction disposed more than 1.2 million delinquency cases.

Estimated number of delinquency cases, 2011

Most serious offense
Number
of cases
Percent change
1985-2011 2002-2011 2007-2011 2010-2011
Total Delinquency
1,236,200
7%
-26%
-24%
-8%
Person Offenses
317,500
72
-22
-24
-7
Violent Crime Index*
61,500
3
-15
-28
-10
Criminal homicide
900
-26
-40
-36
-14
Forcible rape
5,700
64
-12
-14
1
Robbery
23,200
-8
10
-24
-12
Aggravated assault
31,600
6
-27
-32
-11
Simple assault
221,300
110
-23
-23
-7
Other violent sex offenses
10,800
30
-20
-16
-3
Other person offenses
23,900
119
-24
-29
-7
Property Offenses
447,500
-36
-32
-24
-10
Property Crime Index**
317,500
-39
-32
-19
-10
Burglary
79,800
-44
-28
-23
-8
Larceny-theft
219,700
-34
-29
-13
-10
Motor vehicle theft
12,700
-67
-66
-56
-16
Arson
5,400
-18
-39
-37
-2
Vandalism
70,400
-18
-29
-35
-11
Trespassing
39,300
-26
-27
-27
-10
Stolen property offenses
12,000
-56
-46
-37
-13
Other property offenses
8,200
-55
-59
-49
-11
Drug Law Violations
152,600
97
-17
-15
-5
Public Order Offenses
318,600
64
-24
-28
-9
Obstruction of justice
149,700
125
-24
-22
-8
Disorderly conduct
90,200
101
-23
-30
-9
Weapons offenses
26,400
31
-19
-40
-9
Liquor law violations
14,400
-20
-5
-26
-11
Nonviolent sex offenses
11,700
-7
-26
-12
-3
Other public order offenses
26,300
-18
-34
-37
-11
* Includes criminal homicide, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault.
** Includes burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson.

Note: Detail may not add to totals because of rounding. Percent-change calculations are based on unrounded numbers.

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  • Delinquency offenses are acts committed by juveniles that would be crimes if committed by adults.
  • The overall juvenile court delinquency caseload was less in 2011 than any year since the late 1980s but still 7% greater than the 1985 caseload.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/court/qa06201.asp?qaDate=2011. Released on May 22, 2014.

Adapted from Juvenile Court Statistics 2011 (forthcoming). Pittsburgh, PA: National Center for Juvenile Justice.

Data Source: National Juvenile Court Data Archive. National Center for Juvenile Justice. Pittsburgh, PA.

 

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