Case Rates

The Nation's juvenile courts processed 5.7 petitioned status offense cases for every 1,000 youth at risk of referral in 1996 (table 16). The total status offense case rate was 81% higher in 1996 than in 1987. Between 1987 and 1996, the truancy case rate increased 73%, the rate for cases of running away increased 65%, and the rate of status liquor law violation cases increased 59%. The rate for cases involving ungovernability increased 28%.

Table 16: Percent Change in Petitioned Status Offense Cases and Case Rates, 1987-1996
Table 16
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