Drawing on data from the National Juvenile Court Data Archive, this report profiles the nearly 1.7 million delinquency cases processed each year by U.S. courts with juvenile jurisdiction in 2006 and 2007; the report also describes trends in delinquency cases processed by juvenile courts between 1985 and 2007, as well as status offense cases handled between 1995 and 2007.
Two chapters present national estimates of delinquency cases processed by juvenile courts in 2007 and analyze caseload trends since 1985. One of these chapters presents the volume and rate of delinquency cases, demographic characteristics of the juveniles involved (age, gender, and race), and offenses charged. Another chapter traces the flow of delinquency cases from referral to court through court processing, examining each decision point (i.e., detention, intake decision, adjudication decision, and judicial disposition), and presenting data by demographic characteristics and offense. The fourth chapter presents national estimates of status offense cases formally processed by the juvenile courts in 2007 and caseload trends since 1995. It includes data on demographic characteristics, offenses charged, and case processing. An appendix describes the statistical procedure used to generate these estimates. Extensive tables and figures
Date Published: March 1, 2010
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