skip navigation


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.


NCJ Number: 156669 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: Juvenile Court Handling of Drug and Alcohol Cases
Corporate Author: National Ctr for Juvenile Justice
United States of America
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 13
Sponsoring Agency: National Ctr for Juvenile Justice
Pittsburgh, PA 15203-2363
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 85-JN-CX-0012
Sale Source: National Ctr for Juvenile Justice
3700 South Water Street, Suite 200
Pittsburgh, PA 15203-2363
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report describes juvenile court handling of drug and alcohol cases in 696 jurisdictions throughout the United States; data indicate that drug and alcohol cases accounted for 14 percent of delinquency cases handled by juvenile courts in 1984.
Abstract: Juvenile courts handled three drug cases and three alcohol cases for every 1,000 youths between 10 and 17 years of age who lived in their jurisdictions. Juvenile courts in large counties handled higher rates of drug cases than small counties, while small counties handled higher rates of alcohol cases than large counties. More than half the youths referred to juvenile courts for drug or alcohol offenses had at least one prior referral to juvenile court. Alcohol cases were more likely than drug cases to be handled informally by juvenile courts. In those cases handled formally, 54 percent of youths charged with an alcohol offense and 70 percent of youths charged with a drug offense were placed on probation or in residential facilities. Drug possession and drug trafficking cases were equally likely to be handled formally by juvenile courts. Driving under the influence cases were more likely than other alcohol cases to be handled formally. The extent of drug use among youth in the United States is examined. 9 references, 1 table, and 8 figures
Main Term(s): Juvenile drug abusers
Index Term(s): Driving Under the Influence (DUI); Drug law offenses; Juvenile courts; Juvenile drug use; Underage Drinking
Note: DCC
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.