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 16 juvenile delinquency intakes in Dutchess County for every 10,000 juvenile residents in 2015, lower than the region, state (excluding NYC), Orange and Ulster counties. Juvenile delinquency rates sharply declined from 2000 to 2015, falling 83% in Dutchess, a similar decline as the region and greater than the 54% decline in the state (excluding NYC) as a whole.
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 fourth quarter.