Did You Know?

  • The total number of juvenile complaints in North Carolina decreased 19 percent between 2010 and 2020.
  • That 2020 had a rate of 18.08 delinquent complaints received for every 1,000 juveniles between the ages of 6 to 17. The delinquency rate has decreased by 34 percent between 2010 and 2020.
  • The top three delinquent offenses in 2020 for which complaints were received were 1) break or enter a motor vehicle, 2) simple assault and 3) misdemeanor larceny.
  • The majority (53 percent) of juvenile offenses in 2020 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 17 percent, of all juvenile complaints received in 2020 were for “school-based” offenses.
  • Most juvenile delinquent offenses occur between noon and 4 p.m. during the weekdays.
  • In 2020, there were 2,208 admissions to detention, 65 percent fewer than in 2010.
  • YDC commitments have dropped by 60 percent since 2010, from 357 in 2010 to 142 in 2020.
  • On any given day in 2020, you could find 151 juveniles who had been committed to a YDC and the average length of time a youth is in commitment status is 14.2 months.
  • Juveniles are charged with breaking or entering a motor vehicle more than any other crime. Breaking or entering a motor vehicle is define by North Carolina General Statute 14-56 as "if any person, with intent to commit any felony or larceny therein, breaks or enters any railroad car, motor vehicle, trailer, aircraft, boat, or other watercraft of any kind, containing any goods, wares, freight, or other thing of value, or, after having committed any felony or larceny therein, breaks out of any railroad car, motor vehicle, trailer, aircraft, boat, or other watercraft of any kind containing any goods, ware, freight, or other thing of value, that person is guilty of a Class I felony."
  • Between December 1, 2019 and November 30, 2020, 19.3 percent of all juveniles assessed have parents that were either unwilling or unable to supervise the juvenile.
  • In 2020, 7.3 percent of all juveniles who went through intake were identified as having gang involvement, association or membership.