Children and Youth
Juvenile Delinquency Intakes

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Juvenile Delinquency Intakes

What does this measure?

A juvenile delinquent is a child 7 to 16 years old who has committed an act that, if committed by an adult, would constitute a crime. County probation departments are the point of entry for a juvenile delinquency case, and each case brought to probation by police or another source is called an "intake." This indicator measures the number of intakes per 10,000 children ages 7-16.

Why is this important?

Individuals who commit crimes in their youth are more likely to commit other offenses later in life.

How is the region performing?

In 2021, there were 15 juvenile delinquency intakes in the region per 10,000 juvenile residents, below the state rate (excluding New York City) of 24. The rate in 2021 was a 50% decrease from the previous year and 84% lower than in 2000.

Putnam and Sullivan had the lowest rates in 2021, both at 6, followed by Orange, at 9, and Dutchess, at 13. Greene had the highest rate, at 49 per 10,000 juvenile residents. Sullivan and Putnam drove much of the overall regional decrease. Greene's juvenile delinquency rate, though decreasing since 2017, was the only County to increase since the previous year, by 2%.

Notes about the data

These data do not reflect the ultimate disposition of the case, as not all intakes turn into juvenile delinquency cases; some are diverted into programs and never reach court. The data should not be interpreted as the number of juveniles entering the system, as the same child may have multiple intakes. Also, changes in reporting systems over the decade may affect the overall accuracy of the figures. Raise the Age legislation went into effect October 1, 2018, and changed how cases for youth age 16 at time of crime are processed. Beginning October 1, 2019, these changes also applied to youth age 17 at time of crime. Those charged with misdemeanors are processed as juvenile delinquents (JDs), and those charged with felonies are arraigned in the Youth Part of Superior Court. JD volumes for the years 2015-2017 include only 7 - 15 year olds. Counts for 2018 include a small number of 16 year olds, and the counts for 2019 include 16 year olds and a small number of 17 year olds. Because of the addition of these age groups, case processing counts increased in 2019, particularly for probation intakes and petition filings. Comparable national data were not available. Data for this indicator are expected to be released in the third quarter.

Juvenile Delinquency Intakes
Columbia County1151121151628990128135103646681104286164374634333331
Dutchess County8274888375645951935045384426311420413363113
Greene County13611114714411612215716315685829750697964636965524849
Orange County13410499106939010181717157463438292633262139289
Putnam County466042534834532336223622161920139131722146
Sullivan County130136124169169151135128118103103737684547168524470306
Ulster County31899679549093737164787583716551265235414235
NYS (excluding NYC)96918993908387788068685755514844413835504124

Source: New York State Division of Probation and Correctional Alternatives
Notes: Rates per 10,000 Children ages 7-16.

Number of Juvenile Delinquent Intakes
Columbia County11811511716589891221269356556683224647273223222131
Dutchess County3713404113903533002732354212241961621821061215476144812810973
Greene County9881107104838611011110354515829384233323432252338
Orange County83366063469461259566153146045636129121523718216220115813023817598
Putnam County73986989825789386036583525283018131823281812
Sullivan County1581661502062061821601501351161147980875571685144682910
Ulster County8624726921814724224718818015718517318715614010954107728283111
NYS (excluding NYC)16,79316,03615,77816,50915,90514,55415,02713,28013,48411,24011,1369,1828,8268,0527,3976,7016,1695,6935,1217,2865,9375,587

Source: New York State Division of Probation and Correctional Alternatives