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 the region performing?
IIn 2015, there were 29 juvenile delinquency intakes in the region per 10,000 juvenile residents, substantially below the state (excluding NYC) rate of 48. This was the seventh consecutive year in which the juvenile delinquency rate fell, and the rate in 2015 was 72% lower than in 2000.
Dutchess had the lowest rate in 2015, at 16, and Ulster the highest, at 57. Dutchess and Orange were the counties that drove the regional decline, with delinquency rates down 83% and 80% respectively from 2000 to 2015. By contrast, Ulster's juvenile delinquency rate, though on a steady decrease since 2012, has increased by almost 65% since 2000.
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.