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  NCJ Number: NCJ 239081  Add to Shoppping Cart  
  Title: Delinquency Cases in Juvenile Court, 2009
  Document URL: PDF 
  Author(s): Crystal Knoll ; Melissa Sickmund
  Corporate Author: National Juvenile Court Data Archive
National Ctr for Juvenile Justice
United States of America
  Date Published: 10/2012
  Page Count: 4
  Series: OJJDP National Report Series
  Annotation: These data on juvenile delinquency cases for 1985-2009 address trends in offense types; the demographic profiles of juvenile offenders (gender, race, and age); detention of juveniles; the intake decision; adjudication and disposition; and waiver to criminal court.
  Abstract: In 2009, juvenile courts in the United States handled an estimated 1.5 million delinquency cases that involved juveniles charged with criminal law violations. From 1985 through 1997, the number of delinquency cases increased steadily (63 percent), and from 1997 through 2009, the delinquency caseload declined 20 percent. Juvenile courts handled 30-percent more cases in 2009 than in 1985. This overall pattern of increase followed by decline resulted from trends in offense categories combined. Public-order offenses, person offenses, and drug law offenses either increased or remained stable; in contrast, property offenses had an overall decline from 1985 through 2009 (down 19 percent). Regarding gender, females remained a relatively small proportion of the delinquency caseload nationwide. Sixty-four percent of delinquency cases in 2009 involved White youth, 34 percent Black youth, 1 percent Asian youth, and 1 percent American-Indian youth. In 2009, juveniles younger than age 16 at the time of referral to court accounted for 52 percent of all delinquency cases processed. The likelihood of detention varied by general offense category. In 2009, person offense cases were the most likely to involve detention (27 percent), followed by public order offense cases (24 percent). In 2009, 19 percent of all delinquency cases were dismissed at intake, generally for lack of legal sufficiency. In 2009, juvenile court judges waived jurisdiction over an estimated 7,800 delinquency cases, sending then to criminal court (1 percent of all delinquency cases processed). In 2009, 27 percent of juveniles were ordered to residential placement as the most severe disposition. 5 tables and 2 figures
  Main Term(s): Juvenile statistics
  Index Term(s): Juvenile detention ; Trend analysis ; Juvenile court waiver ; Juvenile arrest statistics ; Juvenile Corrections/Detention statistics ; Juvenile court statistics ; Juvenile offender statistics ; Juvenile sentencing ; Juvenile offense statistics ; Juvenile probation statistics ; OJJDP grant-related documents
  Sponsoring Agency: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
US Dept of Justice
United States of America
  Grant Number: 2010-JR-FX-0031
  Sale Source: NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America
  Type: Statistics
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English ; French
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