Offenders in Juvenile Court, 1993

offenders juvenile court casesButts, Jeffrey A. (1996). Offenders in Juvenile Court, 1993. [OJJDP Juvenile Justice Bulletin]. Washington, DC: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, U.S. Department of Justice.

Juvenile courts in the United States processed an estimated 1.5 million delinquency cases in 1993. This number represented a 2% increase over the 1992 caseload and a 23% increase over the number of cases handled in 1989. More than half (53%) of the delinquency cases disposed by U.S. courts with juvenile jurisdiction in 1993 were processed formally (that is, a petition was filed charging the youth with delinquency). Of the cases that were formally petitioned and scheduled for adjudicatory or waiver hearings in juvenile court, 58% were adjudicated delinquent, and slightly more than 1% were transferred to adult criminal court. Transfers to criminal court were more common in cases involving person offenses (2.7%) and drug offenses (2.2%). Of all delinquency cases adjudicated in juvenile court in 1993, 28% resulted in outof-home placement and 56% were placed on probation.