Case Trends

Between 1987 and 1996, the total number of delinquency cases handled by juvenile courts in the United States increased 49%. The percent change was greater for person and drug offense cases than for property and public order offense cases. The growth in person offense cases was relatively steady over the time period. In comparison, the growth in the number of drug offense cases occurred after 1991 (figure 1).

Figure 1: Delinquency Cases Processed in Juvenile Court, 1987-1996
Figure 1


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