Change Indicator

Juvenile delinquency in North Carolina

Juvenile delinquency

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Definition and Source



The number and rate per 1,000 juveniles ages 8 to 17 with delinquent complaints received by court services offices.


During 2019 and 2021, legislative changes in North Carolina resulted in changes to the population groups served by the North Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. At the end of 2019 the population grew, as “Raise the Age” increased jurisdiction to include 16 and 17 year olds. In 2021 the population shrank, as “Raise the Floor” excluded juveniles under 10, except those charged with an A-G felony, from Juvenile Justice jurisdiction. Therefore, caution should be used when comparing data for years prior to 2022 with data for the years 2022 and later.

Data accessed July 2023.

Last Updated

November 2023