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Juvenile Delinquency in Berrien, MI

Unfortunately, in many areas of the Berrien County, juvenile delinquency issues are on the rise. There are many reasons for the rise in youth offenders. The juvenile sentence in Michigan often depends on the severity of the crime, the number of crimes, and other family matters.

In 2017, a total of 677 juvenile cases were reported for every 100,000 people age 10 to adulthood in the jurisdiction of Berrien County. Of that total, 82% of those proceedings were delinquencies which equaled 555 court cases. Another 18% were dependency cases that accounted for 122 of the juvenile cases.

A lot of counties, including, Berrien County, are focusing on family therapy and relationships rather than punishment for juvenile crimes. Future Berrien County juvenile delinquency numbers will show whether or not this approach is working.

Juvenile Cases Number of cases
Delinquency1,126
Dependency1,791
Status1,439

Government of Berrien County, MI

County Seat: Saint Joseph
Government Type: County
Authority: Dillon's Rule
Year Organized: 1829
Total Square Miles: 1,581
2019 Population: 154,259
Persons/Square Mile: 0.01

Berrien County, MI Courts