North Carolina’s 2018 juvenile crime rate dips to lowest rate recorded

Posted at 12:45 PM on Jun 12, 2019

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RALEIGH -- North Carolina’s juvenile crime rate fell to its lowest point – 16.18 complaints per every 1,000 kids – since the state began recording juvenile crime data, according to the latest report from the Department of Public Safety’s Juvenile Justice section.

“As attorney general and now as governor, I’ve seen firsthand the work of law enforcement and Juvenile Justice officials to reduce juvenile crime and promote safer communities. We will continue to work to identify at-risk young people, increase opportunity across our state and build a safer North Carolina,” Gov. Roy Cooper said on Tuesday.

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 has 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.

“These results speak to the outstanding work of juvenile justice professionals throughout the state, and the strong partnerships we’ve built with law enforcement, community-based programs and organizations,” said William Lassiter, deputy secretary for Juvenile Justice.

“With our improved understanding of youth behavior and the underlying issues/factors that may trigger criminal behavior, we’re using a proactive approach to recognize at-risk youth and provide them with help to keep them from entering the juvenile justice system in the first place,” Lassiter added.

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