ERIC Number: ED364801
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Nov
Runaways in Juvenile Courts. OJJDP Update on Statistics.
The National Center for Juvenile Justice (NCJJ) analyzed records in the Center's National Juvenile Court Data Archive to examine how the juvenile courts handled runaway cases. NCJJ examined 40,000 records of runaway cases processed between 1985 and 1986 in 611 jurisdictions from 12 states representing about one-quarter of the U.S. youth population at risk. The results of this analysis are presented in this document. Highlights include the findings that: (1) each year juvenile courts handled close to three runaway cases for every 1,000 youth aged 10 through 17 living in their jurisdictions; (2) girls, whites, and youth 14 through 16 years old were more likely than other youth to be referred to court for running away; (3) medium-size counties had higher runaway case rates than large or small counties; (4) overall, one in five runaway youth were admitted to secure detention facilities while their cases were being processed by the court; (5) law enforcement agencies referred the majority of runaway cases to court; (6) 4 out of 10 runaway cases referred to court were dismissed either at intake or after an adjudicatory hearing; and (7) states varied widely in the proportion of runaway cases handled formally, from less that 5% to 50% or more. Other sections of the report describe the study methodology, discuss the findings in more detail, and present figures that illustrate the findings graphically. (Author/NB)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Children, Delinquency, Illegal Drug Use, Juvenile Courts, Juvenile Justice, Runaways, Youth Problems
Juvenile Justice Clearinghouse, Box 6000, Rockville, MD 20850.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Justice, Washington, DC. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Juvenile Justice, Pittsburgh, PA.