Is your child facing criminal charges in the juvenile justice court system?

“The lesson is that you can still make mistakes and be forgiven.” – Robert Downey, Jr.

When your child finds themselves in the justice system, it does not have to be the end for them but you must act quickly. Juvenile justice courts move at a quick pace and you don’t want your child’s mistakes to potentially leave them with a lifelong record.

Court cases filed in the United States Juvenile courts in 2019, as noted in Sarah Hockenberry’s article Delinquency Cases in Juvenile Court[1], showed that in 2019 there was a decrease of about 2% in the total number of juvenile cases compared to 2018. There are three general categories which juvenile crimes most often fall into: person crimes, property offenses, drug offenses, and public order offenses. Below are the national statistics of juvenile offenders, has your child found themselves in one of these categories?

“In 2019, person offense cases, accounted for the largest portion of the delinquency crime load. While most juvenile cases showed a decrease between 2015 and 2019, the number involving criminal homicide increased considerably (49%).” Delinquency cases totaled 722,600 and fell in the following categories:

Criminal homicide 1,100
Rape 8,300
Robbery 18,600
Aggravated assault 25,700
Simple Assault 153,100
Other violent offenses 7,500
Burglary 38,600
Larceny-theft 89,600
Motor vehicle theft 15,300
Arson 2100
Vandalism 35,900
Trespassing 19,500
Stolen property offenses 7,000
Obstruction of justice 90,500
Disorderly conduct 48,000
Weapons offenses 16,400
Liquor law violations 3,900
Nonviolent sex offenses 11,100


Boys vs. Girls in the Justice System 

            The statistics and data show that male juveniles are much more likely to find themselves in the juvenile justice system. From getting caught up with the wrong crowd to simple mischief and everything in between, male juveniles are the majority of delinquents in the American justice system.  According to Hockenberry, “Nearly three quarters of the offenses adjudicated in court involved males. In 2019, juvenile courts handled 522,300 cases involving males, compared to 200,300 cases involving females.”

Juvenile justice systems and the long-term effects.

According to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), the likelihood of adjudication was less in 2019 than it was in 2005. That means, the justice system is likely prosecuting juveniles’ cases instead of working to resolve them through other rehabilitative methods. Studies and data have repeatedly shown that incarceration has negative impacts on juveniles. According to the article The Dangers of Detention, written by Barry Holman and Jason Ziedenberg, “youth who are incarcerated are more likely to recidivate than youth who are supervised in a community-based setting, or not detained at all.[2]

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[1] Hockenberry, Sarah, Juvenile Justice Statistics: Delinquency Cases in Juvenile Court, US Dept. of Justice, Office of Justice Programs,

[2] Holman, Barry, and Jason Zeidenburg, Dangers of Detention: The Impact of Incarcerating Youth in Detention and Other Secure Facilities, U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, 2013.

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