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 Orange County performing?
There were 32 juvenile delinquency intakes in Orange County for every 10,000 juvenile residents in 2014, below the state (excluding NYC) rate of 53 and the regional rate of 40. The rate was the lowest out of the three Mid-Hudson Valley counties. Orange County juvenile delinquency rates exceeded state and regional rates for the early part of the decade, but experienced a sharp decline from 2006 through 2014, falling 71%, and 2014 was the fourth consecutive year in which Orange posted a lower rate than the state (excluding NYC). Orange's rate fell by 23% from 2013 to 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.