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Juvenile Delinquency in Raleigh, WV

Unfortunately, in many areas of the Raleigh 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 594 juvenile cases were reported for every 100,000 people age 10 to adulthood in the jurisdiction of Raleigh County. Of that total, 17% of those proceedings were delinquencies which equaled 101 court cases. Another 55% were dependency cases that accounted for 327 of the juvenile cases.

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

Juvenile Cases Number of cases
Delinquency4,552
Dependency1,833
Status3,618

Government of Raleigh County, WV

County Seat: Beckley
Government Type: County
Authority: Dillon's Rule
Year Organized: 1850
Total Square Miles: 609
2019 Population: 75,022
Persons/Square Mile: 0.01