Table 68

Police Disposition

Juvenile Offenders Taken into Custody, 2015

[2015 estimated population]

Population group Total1 Handled within
department
and released
Referred to
juvenile court
jurisdiction
Referred to
welfare
agency
Referred to
other police
agency
Referred to
criminal or
adult court
Number
of
agencies
2015
estimated
population
TOTAL AGENCIES: Number 130,210 33,148 76,596 4,107 6,084 10,275 4,692 110,559,392
Percent2 100.0 25.5 58.8 3.2 4.7 7.9
TOTAL CITIES Number 106,536 29,760 59,600 3,682 5,675 7,819 3,532 76,914,669
Percent2 100.0 27.9 55.9 3.5 5.3 7.3
GROUP I (250,000 and over) Number 27,659 15,151 11,438 15 185 870 30 19,848,382
Percent2 100.0 54.8 41.4 0.1 0.7 3.1
GROUP II (100,000 to 249,999) Number 7,105 969 5,472 0 16 648 81 11,925,121
Percent2 100.0 13.6 77.0 0.0 0.2 9.1
GROUP III (50,000 to 99,999) Number 14,543 2,237 11,921 33 55 297 218 15,181,383
Percent2 100.0 15.4 82.0 0.2 0.4 2.0
GROUP IV (25,000 to 49,999) Number 16,489 3,403 7,919 1345 1780 2,042 326 11,189,383
Percent2 100.0 20.6 48.0 8.2 10.8 12.4
GROUP V (10,000 to 24,999) Number 16,494 2,153 12,077 357 585 1,322 696 11,204,123
Percent2 100.0 13.1 73.2 2.2 3.5 8.0
GROUP VI (under 10,000) Number 24,246 5,847 10,773 1932 3054 2,640 2,181 7,566,277
Percent2 100.0 24.1 44.4 8.0 12.6 10.9
METROPOLITAN COUNTIES Number 7,148 936 5,183 211 269 549 492 6,397,513
Percent2 100.0 13.1 72.5 3.0 3.8 7.7
NONMETROPOLITAN COUNTIES Number 16,526 2,452 11,813 214 140 1,907 668 27,247,210
Percent2 100.0 14.8 71.5 1.3 0.8 11.5
SUBURBAN AREA3 Number 56,828 8,700 37,020 2,321 3,261 5,526 3,163 61,000,503
Percent2 100.0 15.3 65.1 4.1 5.7 9.7
  • 1 Includes all offenses except traffic and neglect cases.
  • 2 Because of rounding, the percentages may not add to 100.0.
  • 3 Suburban areas include law enforcement agencies in cities with less than 50,000 inhabitants and county law enforcement agencies that are within a Metropolitan Statistical Area. Suburban areas exclude all metropolitan agencies associated with a principal city. The agencies associated with suburban areas also appear in other groups within this table.

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