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Juveniles in Court
Juvenile Court Cases
Q: How has the delinquency caseload grown over the past 4 decades?
A: The 2010 juvenile court delinquency caseload was more than 3 times the caseload in 1960.

Delinquency cases disposed, 1960-2010

Year Estimated
delinquency cases

1960 405,000
1961 400,000
1962 441,000
1963 478,000
1964 545,000
1965 554,000
1966 592,000
1967 645,000
1968 716,000
1969 786,000
1970 836,000
1971 894,000
1972 884,000
1973 909,000
1974 996,000
1975 1,051,000
1976 1,078,000
1977 1,074,000
1978 1,024,000
1979 1,050,000
1980 1,092,000
1981 1,099,000
1982 1,071,000
1983 1,030,000
1984 1,033,000
1985 1,168,557
1986 1,207,837
1987 1,208,099
1988 1,220,338
1989 1,250,178
1990 1,340,778
1991 1,466,934
1992 1,536,333
1993 1,572,580
1994 1,711,562
1995 1,826,563
1996 1,871,501
1997 1,878,505
1998 1,797,299
1999 1,732,880
2000 1,709,335
2001 1,685,550
2002 1,679,096
2003 1,683,916
2004 1,684,669
2005 1,679,270
2006 1,630,769
2007 1,632,178
2008 1,614,942
2009 1,484,406
2010 1,368,151

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  • On any given day in 2010, juvenile courts handled 3,700 delinquency cases. In comparison, in 1960 approximately 1,100 delinquency cases were processed daily.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/court/qa06204.asp?qaDate=2010. Released on April 17, 2013.

Adapted from Juvenile Court Statistics 2010 (forthcoming). Pittsburgh, PA: National Center for Juvenile Justice.

 

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