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Juvenile Delinquency in Mercer, WV

Unfortunately, in many areas of the Mercer County, juvenile delinquency crimes are on the rise. There are many reasons for the increase in youth offenders. The juvenile sentence in West Virginia often depends on the severity of the crime, the number of offenses, and other family matters.

In 2017, a total of 479 juvenile cases were reported for every 100,000 people age 10 to adulthood in the jurisdiction of Mercer County. Of that total, 15% of those proceedings were delinquencies which equaled 72 court cases. Another 76% were dependency cases that accounted for 362 of the juvenile cases.

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

Juvenile Cases Number of cases
Delinquency2,218
Dependency1,882
Status1,113

Government of Mercer County, WV

County Seat: Princeton
Government Type: County
Authority: Dillon's Rule
Year Organized: 1837
Total Square Miles: 421
2019 Population: 59,753
Persons/Square Mile: 0.01
County Contact: 1501 Main St
County Courthouse
Princeton , WV 24740-2600
http://www.mercercounty.wv.gov

Mercer County, WV Courts