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May | June 2009

printer friendly version button   Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention  ·  Jeff Slowikowski, Acting Administrator
New Publications

All OJJDP publications may be viewed and downloaded on the publications section of the OJJDP Web site. Print publications also may be ordered online at the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Web site.

Now Available

Highlights of the 2007 National Youth Gang Survey coverHighlights of the 2007 National Youth Gang Survey (Fact Sheet)
Annually since 1995, OJJDP's National Youth Gang Center has conducted a systematic survey of law enforcement agencies across the United States regarding the presence and characteristics of local gang problems. This Fact Sheet summarizes the findings from the 2007 National Youth Gang Survey. Among other findings, the Fact Sheet reports that more than one-third of the jurisdictions in the survey population experienced gang problems—the highest annual estimate since before 2000.

Highlights of the 2007 National Youth Gang Survey may be ordered from the NCJRS Web site.

Juvenile Arrests 2007 coverJuvenile Arrests 2007 (Bulletin)
This Bulletin summarizes the juvenile data cited in the FBI report Crime in the United States 2007. In 2007, law enforcement agencies in the United States made an estimated 2.18 million arrests of individuals younger than age 18. Overall, there were 2-percent fewer juvenile arrests in 2007 than in 2006, and juvenile violent crime arrests declined 3 percent, reversing a recent upward trend. The latest data show increases in some offense categories but declines in most, with most changes being less than 10 percent in either direction.

Juvenile Arrests 2007 can be ordered from the NCJRS Web site.

Coming Soon

OJJDP will soon release four new Fact Sheets based on the report Juvenile Court Statistics 2005.

Delinquency Cases in Juvenile Court, 2005 (Fact Sheet)
This Fact Sheet presents statistics on delinquency cases processed between 1985 and 2005 by U.S. courts with juvenile jurisdiction. The estimates are based on data from more than 2,100 courts with jurisdiction over 80 percent of the Nation's juvenile population (youth age 10 through the upper age of original juvenile court jurisdiction in each State).

Delinquency Cases Waived to Criminal Court, 2005 (Fact Sheet)
This Fact Sheet presents estimates of the number of cases transferred from juvenile court to criminal court through the judicial waiver mechanism between 1985 and 2005. The number of delinquency cases judicially waived peaked in 1994 at 13,000 cases. This represented an 80-percent increase over the number of cases waived in 1985 (7,200). Since 1994, however, the number of cases judicially waived declined 47 percent (6,900 cases in 2005).

Person Offense Cases in Juvenile Court, 2005 (Fact Sheet)
This Fact Sheet presents statistics on person offenses (assault, robbery, rape, and homicide) handled by juvenile courts between 1985 and 2005. In 2005, U.S. juvenile courts handled an estimated 429,500 delinquency cases in which the most serious charge was an offense against a person. The 2005 person offense caseload was 133 percent greater than in 1985. In 2005, person offenses accounted for 25 percent of the delinquency caseload, compared with 16 percent in 1985.

Juvenile Delinquency Probation Caseload, 2005 (Fact Sheet)
This Fact Sheet presents statistics on delinquency cases resulting in probation between 1985 and 2005. In 2005, courts with juvenile jurisdiction handled 1.7 million delinquency cases. Probation supervision was the most severe disposition in 33 percent of all delinquency cases. Between 1985 and 2005, the overall delinquency caseload increased 46 percent. The national estimates were generated using information contributed to the National Juvenile Court Data Archive.