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The Impact of COVID-19 on the Nation's Juvenile Court Caseload

NCJ Number
309221
Date Published
June 2024
Length
8 pages
Annotation

This publication by the National Center for Juvenile Justice (NCJJ), the research division of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ), provides information and infographics describing the impact of COVID-19 on the juvenile court caseload in the United States.

Abstract

In this publication, researchers from the National Center for Juvenile Justice (NCJJ) discuss data submitted to the National Juvenile Court Data Archive project (Archive) and use it to illustrate and assess the impact of COVID-19 on juvenile court caseloads. The Archive collects juvenile court data from around the nation to create national estimates detailing demographic and case processing characteristics of delinquency and petitioned status offense cases handled in U.S. juvenile courts. The uniqueness of the data collected by the Archive allows for a monthly analysis of court case volume and processing, which provides insight into any changes in case processing characteristics both at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and over time. This bulletin focuses primarily on patterns in case processing activities which occurred in 2020, compared with an average of the case processing characteristics for the prior 3 years (2017-2019), but also displays data through 2021.

Date Published: June 1, 2024