Did You Know

  • The total number of juvenile complaints in North Carolina decreased 16 percent between 2010 and 2014.
  • That 2014 recorded a record-low rate of juvenile complaints, with 22.5 delinquent complaints received for every 1,000 juveniles between the ages of 6 to 15. The delinquency rate has decreased by 18 percent between 2010 and 2014.
  • The top three delinquent offenses in 2014 of which complaints were received were for 1) simple assault, 2) misdemeanor larceny and 3) disorderly conduct at school.
  • The majority (68 percent) of juvenile offenses in 2014 was for non-serious offenses, class 1-3 misdemeanors. Offenses in this class include, but are not limited to, simple assault, simple affray, larceny (items worth less than $1,000), shoplifting, disorderly conduct, etc.
  • That four out of 10, or 45 percent of all juvenile complaints received in 2014 were for “school-based” offenses.
  • Most juvenile delinquent offenses occur between noon and 4 p.m. during the weekdays.
  • In 2014, 2,244 distinct juveniles were admitted to detention, 5 percent fewer than in 2013. These youth account for 3,238 total admissions during the same time period, a 6 percent drop in admissions from 2013.
  • YDC commitments have dropped by 78 percent since 2000. And by 43 percent between 2010 and 2014. (n=357 in 2010 and n=202 in 2013)
  • On any given day in 2014, you could find 210 juveniles who had been committed to a YDC and on average, they stay there for just over a year.
  • Juveniles are charged with Simple Assault more than any other crime. Simple Assault is defined as: “…an overt act or attempt, or appearance of an attempt, with force and violence, to immediately physically injure another person, with the show of force or menace of violence being sufficient to put a reasonable person in fear of immediate physical injury. This definition places emphasis on the intent or state of mind of the accused. An assault may be the actual unlawful physical touching of another person (battery), or it may be an attempt or unlawfully touch another.” (North Carolina Crimes, 2007, p. 84)
  • 20.2 percent of all juveniles who went through intake have parents that were either unwilling or unable to supervise the juvenile.
  • In 2013, 5.3 percent of all juveniles who went through intake were identified as having gang involvement, association or membership.