Juvenile Delinquency in Wood, WV
Unfortunately, in many areas of the Wood County, juvenile delinquency offenses are on the rise. There are many reasons for the inflation in youth offenders. The juvenile sentence in West Virginia often depends on the severity of the crime, the number of charges, and other family matters.
In 2017, a total of 660 juvenile cases were reported for every 100,000 people age 10 to adulthood in the jurisdiction of Wood County. Of that total, 13% of those proceedings were delinquencies which equaled 84 court cases. Another 51% were dependency cases that accounted for 334 of the juvenile cases.
A lot of counties, including, Wood County, are focusing on family counseling and relationships rather than punishment for juvenile crimes. Future Wood County juvenile delinquency tallies will show whether or not this approach is working.
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