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 2019, there were 43 juvenile delinquency intakes in the region per 10,000 juvenile residents, substantially below the state rate (excluding New York City) of 55. The rate in 2019 was an increase from the previous year, but 59% lower than in 2000.

Putnam had the lowest rate in 2019, at 24, followed by Columbia, at 38, and Dutchess, at 40. Sullivan had the highest rate, at 77 per 10,000 juvenile residents. Dutchess and Orange drove much of the overall regional increase. Greene's juvenile delinquency rate, though on a steady decrease from 2017-2019, was the only one to decrease since 2018, by 21%.

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 County1271231271799910114515311673749111631687142523838
Dutchess County9081979182706557103565042492934162341540
Greene County14912316216112913717518217595921105778897271777357
Orange County14611410811610110011190797863513842322936292342
Putnam County5066455853375825402540251821231411151924
Sullivan County143151137188188168150144132116116828493607875574977
Ulster County349810686599910481807287839279725628573945
NYS (excluding NYC)1051009810299929687897575636157534945423955

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 County1181151171658989122126935655668322464727322322
Dutchess County37134041139035330027323542122419616218210612154761448128
Greene County988110710483861101111035451582938423332343225
Orange County833660634694612595661531460456361291215237182162201158130238
Putnam County7398698982578938603658352528301813182328
Sullivan County158166150206206182160150135116114798087557168514468
Ulster County86247269218147242247188180157185173187156140109541077282
NYS (excluding NYC)16,79316,03615,77516,50915,90514,55415,02713,28013,48411,24011,1369,1748,8188,0837,3976,7016,1695,6935,1217,190

Source: New York State Division of Probation and Correctional Alternatives

Children Living in Poverty Increasing
Children Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Single-Parent Families Increasing
Single-Parent Families, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Rate of Child Abuse and Neglect Increasing
Rate of Foster Care Admissions Maintaining
Teen Pregnancy Decreasing
Live Births to Teen Mothers Decreasing
Juvenile Delinquency Intakes Decreasing
Bullying at School Decreasing
Average Charitable Giving Increasing
Voter Registration Rate Increasing
Voter Participation Rate Decreasing
Total Population Increasing
Population by Age Not Applicable
Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Household Types Not Applicable
Change in Total Jobs Increasing
Foreign-Born Population Increasing
Employment by Sector Not Applicable
Spending for County Government Increasing
Tourism Revenue Increasing
Preschoolers Receiving Special Education Services Increasing
Prekindergarten Participation Increasing
Students Receiving Special Education Services Increasing
Per-Student Spending Increasing
Student Performance on Grade 4 English, by Student Group Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 4 English, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 4 Math, by Student Group Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 4 Math, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
High School Cohort Graduation Rate Increasing
High School Cohort Dropout Rate Decreasing
High School GED Rate Maintaining
Plans of High School Graduates Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Median Household Income Decreasing
Median Household Income, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty Increasing
People Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Seniors Living in Poverty Maintaining
Children Receiving Subsidized Child Care Maintaining
Veterans Living in Poverty Decreasing
Economically Disadvantaged Students Increasing
Earned Income Tax Credit Participation Decreasing
Living Wage Rate by Household Type Not Applicable
Income in Relation to Poverty Level Not Applicable
People Without Health Insurance Decreasing
Early Prenatal Care, by Mother's Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Domestic Violence Decreasing
Deaths from Drug Overdoses Increasing
Babies with Low Birth Weights Maintaining
People Living wth HIV Decreasing
Mental Health Clinic Visits Decreasing
Homeownership Rates Maintaining
Homeless Persons Maintaining
Housing Affordability for Homeowners Maintaining
Housing Affordability for Renters Not Applicable
Violent Crimes Decreasing