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Juvenile Delinquency in Benton, WA

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

In 2017, a total of 1628 juvenile cases were reported for every 100,000 people age 10 to adulthood in the jurisdiction of Benton County. Of that total, 71% of those proceedings were delinquencies which equaled 1164 court cases. Another 2% were dependency cases that accounted for 37 of the juvenile cases.

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

Juvenile Cases Number of cases
Delinquency14,924
Dependency1,542
Status8,097

Government of Benton County, WA

County Seat: Prosser
Government Type: County
Authority: Dillon's Rule
Year Organized: 1905
Total Square Miles: 1,760
2019 Population: 198,171
Persons/Square Mile: 0.01

Benton County, WA Courts