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Youth offense referrals resulting in adjudicatory actions in South Dakota

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Definition and Source



These figures represents the number of youth under eighteen years of age who are referred to the Unified Judicial System (UJS) by the states attorneys. Juvenile informational complaints may be filed with the states attorney by law enforcement officials, parents, court services officers (alleged probation violations), and others. Citations for certain offenses (truancy, purchase, possess, or consume alcoholic beverage by person under twenty-one years, petty theft, or intentional damage) may also be issued by law enforcement and filed with the states attorney. The states attorney may decide to file a formal petition, refer the case to a court services department for an informal adjustment, refer the case to a private agency approved by the court, or take no action. Numbers are for the county in which apprehension took place and represent the number of cases rather than individuals. In other words, if a child was referred to UJS for several different offenses, he or she would be counted several different times.

Data Source

Court Services Department of the South Dakota Unified Judicial System -


DATE - Data are for State Fiscal Year.
NA - Data is not reported when there are less than 4 in a matching area, or if the value could be used to calculate another suppressed value.
NOTE - Adjudicate is to file a formal petition, i.e. the case goes to court. 

Last Updated

September 2023