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Juveniles in Court
Juvenile Court Cases
Q: What are the characteristics of delinquency cases handled by juvenile courts?
A: The typical delinquency case involves a white male under the age of 16; however, the demographic profile of varies by offense.

Characteristics of delinquency cases handled by juvenile courts, 2009

Most serious offense
Number
of cases
Percent of cases handled by juvenile courts
Female Under 16 White Black American
Indian
Asian/NHPI
Total Delinquency
1,477,900
28%
52%
63%
34%
1%
1%
Person Offenses
363,400
30
59
57
41
1
1
Violent Crime Index*
75,300
18
53
44
53
1
1
Criminal homicide
1,300
14
37
54
43
1
1
Forcible rape
5,900
3
61
70
27
2
1
Robbery
29,600
11
49
30
68
0
2
Aggravated assault
38,500
25
55
51
46
1
2
Simple assault
248,600
35
61
59
39
1
1
Other violent sex offenses
11,500
7
69
66
32
1
1
Other person offenses
28,000
29
56
67
31
1
1
Property Offenses
562,600
30
53
65
32
1
2
Property Crime Index**
396,800
35
52
63
33
1
2
Burglary
96,400
11
53
63
35
1
1
Larceny-theft
275,400
45
52
64
33
2
2
Motor vehicle theft
18,400
21
48
57
40
2
2
Arson
6,600
14
76
74
23
1
1
Vandalism
91,200
15
61
78
19
2
1
Trespassing
47,800
19
53
60
38
1
1
Stolen property offenses
15,500
14
47
52
45
1
2
Other property offenses
11,300
29
43
62
36
1
1
Drug Law Violations
163,400
18
39
75
22
2
1
Public Order Offenses
388,400
27
49
62
35
1
1
Obstruction of justice
184,100
27
41
63
34
1
1
Disorderly conduct
108,900
35
62
52
46
1
1
Weapons offenses
31,800
11
56
62
35
1
2
Liquor law violations
17,300
31
33
89
7
3
1
Nonviolent sex offenses
12,300
20
65
74
24
1
1
Other public order offenses
34,000
24
47
72
26
1
2
* 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. Percents are based on unrounded numbers.

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Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/court/qa06206.asp?qaDate=2009. Released on May 01, 2012.

Data Source: National Juvenile Court Data Archive. National Center for Juvenile Justice. Pittsburgh, PA.

 

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