Characteristics of Delinquency Cases Handled in Juvenile Court in 2016

OJJDP-LogoThis data snapshot from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention examines characteristics of delinquency cases handled in juvenile court in 2016, information drawn from the office’s Juvenile Court Statistics 2016 report. Delinquency offenses are acts committed by juveniles that would be crimes if committed by adults; findings in the report include that, in 2016, girls accounted for 39 percent of all larceny-theft cases, 37 percent of all simple assault cases, and 37 percent of disorderly conduct cases. It also found that youth under age 16 accounted for three-fourths (76 percent) of all arson cases handled in 2016 and 60 percent or more of all simple assault, vandalism, and disorderly conduct cases.