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Juvenile Delinquency Probation Caseload, 1988-1997

NCJ Number
Date Published
November 2000
2 pages
This Fact Sheet discusses juvenile delinquency probation caseload for the period 1988-1997.
Courts with juvenile jurisdiction handled nearly 1.8 million delinquency cases in 1997. Probation supervision was the most severe disposition in almost 37 percent of all delinquency cases. The number of cases placed on probation grew 48 percent between 1988 and 1997. During that time, the overall delinquency caseload increased 48 percent. These findings are based on national data on delinquency cases processed by juvenile courts from 1988 through 1997. The national estimates were generated using information contributed to the National Juvenile Court Data Archive. The analysis is based on data from more than 1,900 jurisdictions containing more than 70 percent of the U.S. juvenile population (youth age 10 through the upper age of original juvenile court jurisdiction in each State). Probation was ordered in 56 percent of the slightly more than 1 million cases that received a juvenile court sanction. Probation was the most likely disposition for cases in which the youth was adjudicated delinquent. Figure, tables

Date Published: November 1, 2000