The N.C. Dept. of Public Safety says in 2018 the juvenile crime rate fell to its lowest point – 16.18 complaints per every 1,000 kids – since the state began recording juvenile crime data.
Data presented in the Juvenile Justice Section’s 2018 Annual Report shows the following trends in the state’s juvenile justice system from 2010-2018:
- The juvenile crime rate has fallen by 41%, from 27.55 complaints per every 1,000 kids to 16.18 complaints per every 1,000 kids in 2018.
- The annual number of school-based complaints have dropped 35%, though the percentage of school-based complaints versus non-school-based complaints has held steady, at 44%
- The number of children admitted to juvenile detention centers has decreased by 62%; and
- The number of children committed to youth development centers has gone down by 46%.
Additionally, data from 2018 reveals that:
- Minor offenses, infractions and status offenses accounted for more than 70% of all juvenile complaints in 2018;
- The top five juvenile offenses in 2018 were simple assault, larceny, disorderly conduct at school, communicating threats and truancy.
- Juvenile Crime Prevention Council (JCPC) programs – found in all 100 counties – served more than 21,000 youths in 2018. Nearly 11,000 of those children served (52%) were classified as at-risk, without involvement in the juvenile justice system. The top three service types provided through JCPC programs were restitution/community service, interpersonal skill building and teen court.
You can read the entire NCDPS Juvenile Justice Section’s 2018 Annual Report by clicking HERE.