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 29 juvenile delinquency intakes in Orange County for every 10,000 juvenile residents in 2015, below the state (excluding NYC) rate of 48 and equal to the regional rate. Orange County juvenile delinquency rates exceeded state and regional rates for the early part of the past decade, but experienced a sharp decline from 2006 through 2015, falling 74%. Orange's rate has decreased by 80% since 2000 and has been consistently lower than both the region and state rates since 2011.
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.