Table 68

Police Disposition

Juvenile Offenders Taken into Custody, 2017

[2017 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
2017
estimated
population
TOTAL AGENCIES: Number 240,536 52,901 164,028 2,010 3,218 18,379 4,806 116,625,981
Percent2 100.0 22.0 68.2 0.8 1.3 7.6
TOTAL CITIES Number 188,075 44,067 127,075 1,449 1,817 13,667 3,711 82,312,431
Percent2 100.0 23.4 67.6 0.8 1.0 7.3
GROUP I (250,000 and over) Number 49,885 13,782 34,290 469 543 801 35 22,741,422
Percent2 100.0 27.6 68.7 0.9 1.1 1.6
GROUP II (100,000 to 249,999) Number 22,130 3,999 17,407 78 192 454 87 12,953,390
Percent2 100.0 18.1 78.7 0.4 0.9 2.1
GROUP III (50,000 to 99,999) Number 33,045 7,567 22,573 121 355 2,429 226 15,809,143
Percent2 100.0 22.9 68.3 0.4 1.1 7.4
GROUP IV (25,000 to 49,999) Number 25,580 6,240 16,126 321 277 2,616 342 11,883,635
Percent2 100.0 24.4 63.0 1.3 1.1 10.2
GROUP V (10,000 to 24,999) Number 28,767 5,671 18,926 155 203 3,812 696 11,153,041
Percent2 100.0 19.7 65.8 0.5 0.7 13.3
GROUP VI (under 10,000) Number 28,668 6,808 17,753 305 247 3,555 2,325 7,771,800
Percent2 100.0 23.7 61.9 1.1 0.9 12.4
METROPOLITAN COUNTIES Number 44,538 7,660 31,491 494 1,281 3,612 652 28,301,958
Percent2 100.0 17.2 70.7 1.1 2.9 8.1
NONMETROPOLITAN COUNTIES Number 7,923 1,174 5,462 67 120 1,100 443 6,011,592
Percent2 100.0 14.8 68.9 0.8 1.5 13.9
SUBURBAN AREA3 Number 117,872 25,117 77,524 964 2,028 12,239 3,247 63,049,202
Percent2 100.0 21.3 65.8 0.8 1.7 10.4
  • 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.

Data Declaration

Provides the methodology used in constructing this table and other pertinent information about this table.