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Juveniles detained in North Carolina

Juveniles detained

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Definition and Source



The number of distinct juveniles detained. "Distinct" in the County Databook is determined by county counts. For juveniles who were admitted to detention with more than one county billed, the first county is chosen.


Juveniles who were admitted to detention with secure custody orders from different counties are counted in all counties where secure custody orders originated. County counts do not include detention admissions from Native American Reservations or Federal Marshall.

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 November 2023.

Last Updated

November 2023