Use of Detention|
Detention was used in 9,600 petitioned status offense cases in 1996 (table 18). There were 14% fewer status offense cases involving detention in 1996 than in 1987, but 25% more than in 1992. Even larger declines in the number of cases involving detention were seen in cases of truancy (53%), running away (45%), and ungovernability (44%). In contrast, the number of cases involving detention was greater in 1996 than in 1987 for cases involving liquor (79%).
Cases of running away were the most likely status offense matters to involve detention in 1996. Detention was used in 10% of these cases, 7% of ungovernability cases, 6% of status liquor law violations, and 2% of truancy cases. Of the estimated 9,600 petitioned status offense cases that involved detention in 1996, 29% involved liquor law violations, 27% were cases of running away, 15% involved ungovernability charges, 6% were truancy cases, and the remaining 22% involved miscellaneous status offenses.