Juvenile Delinquency Intakes
What does this measure?
A juvenile delinquent is a child 7 to 16 years old who has committed an act that, if committed by an adult, would constitute a crime. County probation departments are the point of entry for a juvenile delinquency case, and each case brought to probation by police or another source is called an "intake." This indicator measures the number of intakes per 10,000 children ages 7-16.
Why is this important?
Individuals who commit crimes in their youth are more likely to commit other offenses later in life.
How is Dutchess County performing?
There were 34 juvenile delinquency intakes in Dutchess County for every 10,000 juvenile residents in 2014, higher than Orange but much lower than Ulster. Juvenile delinquency rates sharply declined from 2000 to 2014, falling 62% in Dutchess, a similar decline as the region and greater than a 50% decline in the state as a whole (excluding NYC). The delinquency rate in Dutchess rose somewhat from 29 in 2013 to 34 in 2014.
Notes about the data
These data do not reflect the ultimate disposition of the case, as not all intakes turn into juvenile delinquency cases; some are diverted into programs and never reach court. The data should not be interpreted as the number of juveniles entering the system, as the same child may have multiple intakes. Also, changes in reporting systems over the decade may affect the overall accuracy of the figures. Comparable national data were not available. Data for this indicator are expected to be released in the third quarter.