National Juvenile Court Data Archive

The National Juvenile Court Data Archive, funded by OJJDP since 1975, provides detailed and accurate information on the activities of the nation's juvenile courts to juvenile justice professionals, policy makers, researchers, and the public. The project receives automated data on more than 1 million juvenile court cases each year from roughly 2,300 juvenile courts and reorganizes the original data into a common format that supports statistical analyses. The Archive produces the annual Juvenile Court Statistics series of reports and OJJDP Fact Sheets; maintains the juvenile court information on OJJDP’s Statistical Briefing Book web site; responds to hundreds of inquiries annually from universities, the media, and federal, state, and local agencies; and provides technical assistance to state and local agencies working to improve their juvenile court information systems.

National Juvenile Court Data Archive web site

Juvenile Court Statistics 2010 was released in October. This report is the latest in a series that has been published since 1929. JCS2010 includes data from 1985 through 2010 and is available both as a printed and a free, electronic version (available on the NCJJ, OJJDP, and Archive websites). Archive staff has also prepared various JCS2010-related OJJDP Fact Sheets that will be available online. Also updated to include the 2010 estimates, is the Easy Access to Juvenile Court Statistics tool (http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/ezajcs/). In addition, staff updated the Frequently Asked Questions on the Statistical Briefing Book that are answered by juvenile court statistics (http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/court/faqs.asp).

The Archive is working on a Dependency Court Data Collection feasibility study to determine the best approach to collecting dependency case court data. The first phase included a study of the Archive’s current dependency data submissions and identification of additional data sources. A workgroup of experts was to be convened in October to provide input into the work. The workgroup meeting was delayed by the government shutdown and is being rescheduled for early 2014.