Children and Youth
Juvenile Delinquency Intakes

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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?

In 2020, there were 30 juvenile delinquency intakes in the region per 10,000 juvenile residents, substantially below the state rate (excluding New York City) of 39. The rate in 2020 was a decrease from the previous year and 68% lower than in 2000.

Putnam had the lowest rate in 2020, at 14, followed by Orange, at 28, and Sullivan, at 30. Greene had the highest rate, at 48 per 10,000 juvenile residents. Sullivan and Putnam drove much of the overall regional decrease. Ulster's juvenile delinquency rate, though on an increase from 2018-2020, was the only one to increase since 2019, by 2%.

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. Raise the Age legislation went into effect October 1, 2018, and changed how cases for youth age 16 at time of crime are processed. Beginning October 1, 2019, these changes also applied to youth age 17 at time of crime. Those charged with misdemeanors are processed as juvenile delinquents (JDs), and those charged with felonies are arraigned in the Youth Part of Superior Court. JD volumes for the years 2015-2017 include only 7 - 15 year olds. Counts for 2018 include a small number of 16 year olds, and the counts for 2019 include 16 year olds and a small number of 17 year olds. Because of the addition of these age groups, case processing counts increased in 2019, particularly for probation intakes and petition filings. Comparable national data were not available. Data for this indicator are expected to be released in the third quarter.

Juvenile Delinquency Intakes
Columbia County11511211516289901281351036466811042861643746343333
Dutchess County82748883756459519350453844263114204133631
Greene County136111147144116122157163156858297506979646369655248
Orange County1341049910693901018171715746343829263326213928
Putnam County46604253483453233622362216192013913172214
Sullivan County13013612416916915113512811810310373768454716852447030
Ulster County318996795490937371647875837165512652354142
NYS (excluding NYC)969189939083877880686857555148444138354939

Source: New York State Division of Probation and Correctional Alternatives
Notes: Rates per 10,000 Children ages 7-16.

Number of Juvenile Delinquent Intakes
Columbia County118115117165898912212693565566832246472732232221
Dutchess County37134041139035330027323542122419616218210612154761448128109
Greene County98811071048386110111103545158293842333234322523
Orange County833660634694612595661531460456361291215237182162201158130238175
Putnam County739869898257893860365835252830181318232818
Sullivan County15816615020620618216015013511611479808755716851446829
Ulster County8624726921814724224718818015718517318715614010954107728283
NYS (excluding NYC)16,79316,03615,77516,50915,90514,55415,02713,28013,48411,24011,1369,1748,8188,0837,3976,7016,1695,6935,1217,2015,591

Source: New York State Division of Probation and Correctional Alternatives