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  • The total number of juvenile complaints in North Carolina decreased 25 percent between 2010 and 2017.
  • That 2017 had a rate of 19.58 delinquent complaints received for every 1,000 juveniles between the ages of 6 to 15. The delinquency rate has decreased by 29 percent between 2010 and 2017.
  • The top three delinquent offenses in 2017 of which complaints were received were for 1) simple assault, 2) misdemeanor larceny and 3) disorderly conduct at school.
  • The majority (61 percent) of juvenile offenses in 2017 were 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 4 out of 10, or 41 percent, of all juvenile complaints received in 2017 were for “school-based” offenses.
  • Most juvenile delinquent offenses occur between noon and 4 p.m. during the weekdays.
  • In 2017, there were 2,742 admissions to detention, 56 percent fewer than in 2010.
  • YDC commitments have dropped by 48 percent since 2010, from 357 in 2010 to 187 in 2017.
  • On any given day in 2017, you could find 204 juveniles who had been committed to a YDC and the average length of time a youth is in commitment status is 13.5 months.
  • 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)
  • 19.5 percent of all juveniles who went through intake have parents that were either unwilling or unable to supervise the juvenile.
  • In 2017, 7.6 percent of all juveniles who went through intake were identified as having gang involvement, association or membership.