Juvenile Crime numbers declining

Jun 12, 2019

A press release from the Governor’s Office says the juvenile crime rate is at its lowest since the state started tracking juvenile crime. The Juvenile Justice Section recently released its 2018 Annual Report, which tracks juvenile crime trends dating back to 2010. It says the juvenile crime rate has fallen by 41% since 2010, from 27.55 complaints per every 1000 kids to 16.18 per 1000 last year.  The number of children admitted to juvenile detention centers fell 62% during the period. Most juvenile complaints were for relatively minor offenses, with simple assault, disorderly conduct at school and truancy among the top five offenses. Those types of offenses as well as other infractions and status offenses accounted for more than 70% of juvenile complaints in 2018.