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 Ulster County performing?
There were 72 juvenile delinquency intakes in Ulster County for every 10,000 juvenile residents in 2014, well above the state (excluding NYC) rate of 53 and the regional rate of 40. Ulster's rate fluctuated throughout the decade, and did not show the same consistent and sharp decline that occurred at the state level and in the other counties in the region from 2000 through 2014. However, Ulster's rate did fall 31% from 2006 through 2014 and the rate in 2014 was the lowest since 2009. Among counties in the Mid-Hudson Valley, Ulster's rate was the highest, compared to 32 juvenile delinquency intakes per 10,000 in Orange and 34 juvenile delinquency intakes per 10,000 in Dutchess.
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.