N.C. juvenile crime rate falls to lowest-ever recorded rate in 2018

North Carolina
N.C. Juvenile Justice 2018 Annual Report

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.

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

LKQD Outstream

Trending Stories