Juvenile Delinquency Cases Continue Downward Trajectory

Juvenile Court Statistics 2018, a newly released report from the National Center for Juvenile Justice, provides national estimates of delinquency cases and status offense cases, as well as details on how cases were processed and their disposition. Overall trends are positive. Since 2005, juvenile arrest rates decreased 62% for property offenses, 56% for public order offenses, 45% for person offenses, and 44% for drug law violations. The total delinquency case rate declined 53% between 2005 and 2018.