Juvenile Delinquency in Lancaster, PA
Unfortunately, in many areas of the Lancaster County, juvenile delinquency crimes are on the rise. There are many reasons for the increase in youth offenders. The juvenile sentence in Pennsylvania often depends on the severity of the crime, the number of offenses, and other family matters.
In 2017, a total of 1207 juvenile cases were reported for every 100,000 people age 10 to adulthood in the jurisdiction of Lancaster County. Of that total, 78% of those proceedings were delinquencies which equaled 938 court cases. Another 22% were dependency cases that accounted for 269 of the juvenile cases.
A lot of counties, including, Lancaster County, are focusing on family health and relationships rather than punishment for juvenile crimes. Future Lancaster County juvenile delinquency statistics will show whether or not this approach is working.
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Government of Lancaster County, PA
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Lancaster County, PA Courts
Lancaster County Common Pleas
Address: 50 N. Duke Street, Lancaster, PA 17608