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Delinquency Cases Waived to Criminal Court, 1987-1996

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Date Published
April 1999
2 pages
This fact sheet presents data from the National Juvenile Court Data Archive on cases transferred from juvenile court to criminal court via judicial waiver between 1987 and 1996.
The rate of juvenile court waivers in 1996 was similar to that in previous years and represented 1 percent or approximately 10,000 of the formally processed delinquency caseload, which in turn amounted to 56 percent of the 1.8 million delinquency cases. However, the profile of cases waived to criminal court changed considerably between 1987 and 1996. Prior to 1992, more property offense cases than person offense cases. Person offense cases now outnumber property offense cases. The use of judicial waiver varied by the offense and the race of the offender. Cases involving person offenses were the most likely to be waived to criminal court; from 1989-92, drug law offense cases were the most likely to be waived. Cases involving white youth and youth of other races were less likely to be waived than cases involving black youth. Figures, table, and description of source of further information

Date Published: April 1, 1999