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Person Offense Cases in Juvenile Court, 19881997 (FS 200006) May 2000
Fact Sheet
2 page(s)
Scahill, M. C.
Provides information on person offense cases handled by juvenile courts from 1988 to 1997. In 1997, U.S. juvenile courts handled an estimated 390,800 delinquency cases in which the most serious charge was an offense against a person. Person offenses include assault, robbery, rape, and homicide. The 1997 person offense caseload was 97 percent greater than in 1988. Person offense cases accounted for 22 percent of all delinquency cases in 1997, compared with 17 percent in 1988. The majority of person offense cases in 1997 involved charges of simple assault or aggravated assault. Together, these two offenses accounted for 81 percent of all person offense cases processed in 1997.
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