||Do delinquency case rates vary by age and offense?
||Delinquency case rates generally increase with the age of the juvenile; however, within offense categories, there are variations in the pattern of age-specific case rates.
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- Case rates increased continuously with age across all offense categories.
- The increase in case rates between age 13 and age 17 was sharpest for drug offenses. In 2012, the drug offense case rate for 17-year-olds was seven times the rate for 13-year-olds.
- For public order offenses, the case rate for 17-year-olds was nearly four times the rate for 13-year-olds; for property offenses, the 17-year-old rate was three times the rate for 13-year-olds; for person offenses, the 17-year-old rate was twice the rate for 13-year-olds.
Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/court/qa06202.asp?qaDate=2012.
Released on February 20, 2015.
Data Source: National Juvenile Court Data Archive. National Center for Juvenile Justice. Pittsburgh, PA.
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