This statistics report, published in December 1996 by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and written by staff members from the National Center for Juvenile Justice, offers information about the juvenile court in 1994. The foreword offers a good introduction to the material: 'What issues face the juvenile court? Which types of offenders appear before it? Juvenile Court Statistics 1994 profiles more than 1.5 million delinquency cases and 126,000 status offender cases handled by juvenile courts during 1994. It clearly documents that the challenges facing the juvenile court are considerable - and they are growing. From 1985 to 1994, the number of delinquency cases addressed by juvenile courts increased 41%. Juvenile offenses against persons nearly doubled (increasing 93%) in the same period. The primary purpose of this document is to serve as a reference guide to help policymakers, researchers and the public to better understand the juvenile justice system. However, by documenting trends in our juvenile courts, it also enables us to plan for the future of the court and the programs and services it provides. In this way, it can significantly enhance our Nation's response to juvenile delinquency.'
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