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Juvenile Justice Statistics - National Report Series Fact Sheet

Sarah Hockenberry
U.S. Department of Justice


In 2017, juvenile courts in the United States handled 818,900 delinquency cases that involved juveniles charged with criminal law violations, 2% less than the number of cases handled in 2016. From 2005 through 2017, the number of delinquency cases declined 51%, with decreases in all four offense categories: property offense cases (down 57%), public order offense cases (down 54%), person offense cases (down 45%), and drug law violation cases (down 42%). In 2017, property offense cases accounted for the largest proportion (32%) of the delinquency caseload, followed by person offense cases (29%), public order offense cases (25%), and drug offense cases (13%).


North America - United States

Year Language

2019 English

Category Type

Grey Literature Report


Delinquency, Gender, Race, Statistics


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