Cases petitioned (charges filed) 2015 (ages 10-17)

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Definitions: “Formally charged (petitioned) delinquency cases are those that appear on a court calendar in response to the filing of a petition, complaint, or other legal instrument requesting the court to adjudicate a youth as a delinquent or status offender, or to waive jurisdiction and transfer a youth to criminal court.  Petitioning occurs when a juvenile court intake officer, prosecutor, or other official determines that a case should be handled formally. In contrast informal handling is voluntary and does not include the filing of charges.”

Data Source: Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Child Family Services, Juvenile Justice Programs Office.

Footnotes: Data for 2015 includes only students age 10 through 17.
Updated February 2017.