Drug Offense Cases in Juvenile Court, 1985-1994

fs9753Butts, Jeffrey A. Butts (1997). Drug Offense Cases in Juvenile Court, 1985-1994. [OJJDP Fact Sheet]. Washington, DC: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, U.S. Department of Justice.

In 1994 juvenile courts in the United States handled an estimated 120,200 delinquency cases involving drug law violations. Drug offenses accounted for 8% of all delinquency cases in 1994, compared with 5% in 1991. Drug offenses include possession or sale of marijuana, cocaine, and other illegal drugs. The analysis in this Fact Sheet includes only cases in which a drug offense was the most serious charge, not cases involving juveniles charged with drug offenses in addition to more serious offenses.