Case Rates

To examine changes in juvenile court caseloads while controlling for changes in the size of the juvenile population, researchers calculate a case rate that represents the number of delinquency cases processed by juvenile courts for every 1,000 juveniles in the population.2 Between 1987 and 1996, the total delinquency case rate increased 34%, from 46.2 to 61.8 cases disposed per 1,000 juveniles (table 2). During the same time period, the case rate for juveniles charged with drug offenses increased 120%, the case rate for person offenses increased 80%, the case rate for public order offenses increased 42%, and the case rate for property offenses increased 10%.

Table 2: Percent Change in Delinquency Case Rates, 1987-1996
Table 2
Note: Detail may not add to totals because of rounding. Percent change calculations are based on unrounded numbers.


Offenders in Juvenile Court, 1996Juvenile Justice Bulletin   ·  July 1999