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Q: Did the growth in delinquency cases vary across offenses?
A: Drug offense cases increased more than other offense cases between 1985 and 2010.
Delinquency cases by offense, 1985-2010

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  • Between 1985 and 2010, the total number of delinquency cases handled by juvenile courts increased 17%.
  • During this period, the number of drug offense cases increased 111%, public order offense cases increased 80%, and person offense cases increased 87%. In comparison, the number of property offense cases declined 29%.
  • Since 2006, however, caseloads declined for all offenses: down 20% for public order offenses, 17% for person offenses, 15% for property offenses, and 10% for drug offenses.
  • Compared with 1985, the 2010 delinquency caseload contained greater proportions of person (25% versus 16%), drugs (12% versus 7%), and public order (26% versus 17%) offense cases and a smaller proportion of property (37% versus 61%) offense cases.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/court/qa06205.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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