This is the number of delinquency cases reported per 1,000 youths ages 10-17. A case is defined by the Juvenile Justice Data Base as a written and signed petition or complaint charging the juvenile with one or more crimes or status offenses committed within a 24-hour period in one county.
At the state and county level, this variable is a rate per 1,000 youths based on youths ages 10-17. The rate is calculated as 1,000 times the number of juvenile cases divided by the total number of youths ages 10-17. The denominator is based on the latest population estimates for children ages 10-17 and is provided by the Population Reference Bureau.
(1990) WV Supreme Court of Appeals, Juvenile Justice Committee. Juvenile Delinquency in West Virginia, Annual Report, July 1, 1991 to June 30, 1992. Juvenile Justice Data Base, Table IV, Page 14.
(2000 to present) Probation Services, WV Supreme Court. Population data is provided by the Population Reference Bureau, analysis of Centers for Disease Control (CDC), National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), “Bridged-race Vintage postcensal estimates by year, county, single-year of age, bridged race, Hispanic origin, and sex,” data file prepared under a collaborative agreement between CDC/NCHS and the U.S. Census Bureau.