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NCJ Number: 198496 Find in a Library
Title: Juvenile Court Processing of Delinquency Cases, 1987-1996
Author(s): Anne L. Stahl
Corporate Author: National Juvenile Court Data Archive
National Ctr for Juvenile Justice
United States of America
Date Published: April 1999
Page Count: 2
Sponsoring Agency: Juvenile Justice Clearinghouse/NCJRS
Rockville, MD 20849
National Juvenile Court Data Archive
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
NCJRS Photocopy Services
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Washington, DC 20531
Publication Number: FS99104
Sale Source: NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America

Juvenile Justice Clearinghouse/NCJRS
P.O. Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF|Text
Type: Statistics
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report provides national statistical information on the processing of delinquency cases in juvenile court from 1987-1996, specifically cases formally processed, adjudicated, and the transferred to criminal court.
Abstract: Using information from the National Juvenile Court Data Archive, this report presents national data on delinquency cases processed by juvenile courts from 1987 through 1996. Approximately 1,800 jurisdictions containing 67 percent of the U.S. juvenile population contributed data to this report. In 1996, 56 percent of the delinquency cases were processed formally. The number of formally processed delinquency cases increased by 78 percent between 1987 and 1996 rising from 552,600 to 938,100. The likelihood of formal processing for delinquency cases in general increased from 47 percent to 56 percent between 1987 and 1996. Despite the increase in the use of formal processing, the total proportion of delinquency cases resulting in adjudication or waiver remained nearly the same. Only 1 percent of formally processed cases were waived to criminal court in 1996. Adjudications and waivers represented between 29 and 33 percent of all delinquency cases each year from 1987 to 1996 with 37 percent of the drug cases in 1996 most likely to result in adjudication or waiver.
Main Term(s): Juvenile court statistics
Index Term(s): Data analysis; Judicial decisions; Juvenile adjudication; Juvenile court trends; Juvenile court waiver; Juvenile courts; Juvenile crime statistical analysis; Juvenile delinquency; Juvenile processing; Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)
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