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Juvenile Court Cases
Q: How many delinquency cases are handled by juvenile courts?
A: In 2010 courts with juvenile jurisdiction disposed nearly 1.4 million delinquency cases.

Estimated number of delinquency cases, 2010

Most serious offense
Number
of cases
Percent change
1985-2010 2001-2010 2006-2010 2009-2010
Total Delinquency
1,368,200
17%
-19%
-19%
-8%
Person Offenses
346,800
87
-15
-20
-5
Violent Crime Index*
71,000
10
-9
-15
-8
Criminal homicide
1,000
-18
-23
-25
-20
Forcible rape
3,900
17
-15
-16
-3
Robbery
26,300
4
22
1
-10
Aggravated assault
39,900
16
-21
-24
-6
Simple assault
237,100
133
-17
-21
-4
Other violent sex offenses
12,700
54
-2
-19
-1
Other person offenses
26,000
141
-19
-27
-7
Property Offenses
502,400
-29
-24
-18
-11
Property Crime Index**
355,500
-32
-23
-15
-10
Burglary
90,100
-38
-21
-12
-8
Larceny-theft
243,800
-27
-19
-11
-11
Motor vehicle theft
16,100
-58
-58
-49
-16
Arson
5,500
-18
-41
-34
-18
Vandalism
79,400
-8
-19
-23
-14
Trespassing
42,500
-21
-21
-20
-10
Stolen property offenses
14,000
-50
-42
-29
-10
Other property offenses
11,100
-39
-55
-44
-15
Drug Law Violations
164,100
111
-15
-12
-1
Public Order Offenses
354,800
80
-16
-21
-9
Obstruction of justice
166,200
150
-20
-16
-9
Disorderly conduct
101,200
124
-6
-24
-8
Weapons offenses
29,700
48
-12
-31
-9
Liquor law violations
16,400
-16
3
-8
-5
Nonviolent sex offenses
11,200
-12
-21
-15
0
Other public order offenses
30,000
-8
-26
-29
-12
* 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 2010 than any year since 1990 but still 17% greater than the 1985 caseload.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/court/qa06201.asp?qaDate=2010. Released on April 17, 2013.

Adapted from Juvenile Court Statistics 2010 (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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