Delinquency Cases in Juvenile Court, 2016

Awards_OJJDPDelinquency cases in the U.S. declined by nearly half from 2005-2016, according to new estimates from this new U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) publication. Over the 12-year period, the number of delinquency cases involving juveniles declined 49 percent, with decreases experienced across all four offense categories: crimes against persons, crimes against property, drug offenses, and crimes against public order. The estimates are based on data from more than 2,500 courts with jurisdiction over 86 percent of the nation’s juvenile population in 2016. The fact sheet was produced by the National Center for Juvenile Justice using funds from OJJDP.