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Juveniles in Court
Juvenile Court Cases
Q: Do delinquency case rates vary by age and offense?
A: 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.

Cases per 1,000 juveniles in age group, 2011

Age Person Property Drugs Public order

10 0.99 1.00 0.08 0.53
11 2.12 2.08 0.19 1.08
12 4.84 4.85 0.73 2.80
13 8.74 9.76 2.13 5.93
14 12.61 16.00 4.41 10.81
15 15.92 23.32 7.49 16.20
16 18.28 29.47 11.58 21.16
17 19.14 32.07 15.60 23.84

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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 2011, 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 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=2011. Released on May 22, 2014.

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

 

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