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Juvenile Delinquency in Pocahontas, WV

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

In 2017, a total of 47 juvenile cases were reported for every 100,000 people age 10 to adulthood in the jurisdiction of Pocahontas County. Of that total, 19% of those proceedings were delinquencies which equaled 9 court cases. Another 49% were dependency cases that accounted for 23 of the juvenile cases.

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

Juvenile Cases Number of cases
Delinquency261
Dependency217
Status112

Government of Pocahontas County, WV

County Seat: Marlinton
Government Type: County
Authority: Dillon's Rule
Year Organized: 1821
Total Square Miles: 942
2019 Population: 8,456
Persons/Square Mile: 0.11