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Characteristics of Cases Judicially Waived From Juvenile to Criminal Court

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Date Published
July 2019
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The National Center for Juvenile Justice, under funding from the U.S. Justice Department's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), presents data on the number and characteristics of cases waived from juvenile court to criminal court for the years 2005 - 2017.


Despite a recent increase, the number of cases judicially waived in 2017 (about 4,000) was 42-percent less than in 2005. In 2017, male youth (93 percent), youth ages 17 and older (57 percent), and Black youth (54 percent) accounted for the largest proportions of youth judicially waived. Person offenses accounted for the largest number of judicially waived cases between 2005 and 2017, followed by property offenses, drug, and public order offenses. The likelihood of judicial waiver for person offenses increased in recent years, but changed little for other types of offenses. Across most demographic groups (age, gender, and race), the likelihood of judicial waiver for person offenses increased between 2005 and 2017. 5 figures