Florida’s delinquency rate is a strong indicator that Florida is now safer from youth crime and delinquency than it has been since at least 1991.
The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice has released the annual “Delinquency Profile,” which shows double-digit and record declines in key juvenile-delinquency measures. Significant highlights from the profile are that Florida’s delinquency rate is at an all-time low and violent youth offenses are down.
“The Department has been working hard with juvenile justice stakeholders to foster the success of delinquent youths as they work to turn their lives around,” said DJJ Secretary Frank Peterman Jr. He said they also are diverting youths to services away from DJJ when it is appropriate and the youth does not endanger public safety. He added, “Changes both within and outside the juvenile justice continuum should be credited for these improvements.”
Data from the past five fiscal years are compiled in the 2010 Delinquency Profile, showing encouraging trends at several stages in the juvenile justice system. Positive trends in delinquency referrals at the statewide level have been found in almost every major category. A sampling of the findings in this year’s profile includes:
The DJJ Delinquency Profile contains comprehensive data on the types of offenses and youth referred to DJJ by law enforcement, with classifications by demographic groups. The automated report presents statistics at the state, county and judicial circuit levels and serves as a useful reference tool for anyone examining Florida’s juvenile justice system. Delinquency Profiles containing data for the past 10 years are available via the DJJ website.
To view the Profile, visit the Department of Juvenile Justice website, Newsroom link.