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Race of Youth

White youth were involved in 78% of the petitioned status offense cases disposed by juvenile courts during 1996. White youth were involved in 90% of status liquor law violation cases, 75% of cases of running away, 74% of ungovernability cases, and 72% of truancy cases. Truancy was the most common status offense for black youth (34%), while a liquor law violation was the most common status offense for white youth (32%) and youth of other races (39%).

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