Site Definitions

General Site Abbreviations

CJCJ: Council of Juvenile Court Judges of Georgia

DJJ: Department of Juvenile Justice

GOCF: Governor's Office for Children and Families

GBI: Georgia Bureau of Investigation

Juvenile Justice Decision Points

The below Juvenile Justice Decision Points were determined in consultation with the US Department of Justice as a result of the requirements of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (JJDP) Act (Pub. L. No. 93-415, 42 U.S.C.ยง 5601 et seq.) and the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act, Title I--Part R, Chapter 46--Subchapter XII-F. Shortened forms found on this site are in parentheses.

At Risk Population

Youth aged 0 through 16. At-risk population is broken down by race/ethnicity. All races except "Hispanic" are populations not considered Hispanic.

Source: Puzzanchera, C., Sladky, A. and Kang, W. (2010). "Easy Access to Juvenile Populations: 1990-2009." Online- ojjdp.ncjrs.gov/ojstatbb/ezapop

Arrests

Unique juvenile/offense entry date combinations where the youth was NOT in secure placement (Regional Youth Detention Center (RYDC) or Youth Development Campus (YDC)) at the time of the entry. Arrest category may represent referrals to law enforcement, juvenile court, or DJJ. Number of juvenile arrests represents number of unique referrals. Each referral can represent more than one charge.

Source: DJJ for 142 counties. MISSING for 17 counties (Chatham, Clayton, Cobb, Columbia, Crawford, DeKalb, Dougherty, Floyd, Fulton, Glynn, Gordon, Gwinnett, Hall, Peach, Spalding, Troup, Whitfield)

Cases/Referrals to Juvenile Court (Referrals)

"Case" and "Referral" are treated as synonyms, defined as a unique juvenile / offense entry date combination. Multiple charges for the same youth entered on the same date, regardless of the "offense date" will be counted as one "case" or "referral". Referral category represents referral charges to juvenile court and DJJ. Multiple charges may be associated with a single referral.

Source: DJJ for 142 dependent/shared court counties, CJCJ for 10 independent court counties (Chatham, Clayton, Columbia, Dougherty, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Spalding, Troup, and Whitfield), MISSING for 7 independent court counties (Cobb, Crawford, Dekalb, Floyd, Glynn, Gordon, and Peach). DJJ can provide partial data for these 7 counties.

Cases Diverted (Diversions)

Cases where, among all charges in the case, the most serious outcome is a diversion. Diversions are informal adjustment, abeyance, diverted complaint withheld, mediation, and nolle prosequi. Diversion category represents the total number of cases diverted.

Source: DJJ for 142 dependent/shared court counties, CJCJ for 10 independent court counties (Chatham, Clayton, Columbia, Dougherty, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Spalding, Troup, and Whitfield), MISSING for 7 independent court counties (Cobb, Crawford, Dekalb, Floyd, Glynn, Gordon, and Peach). DJJ can provide partial data for these 7 counties.

New Instances of Secure Detention (Secure Detentions)

Instances are contiguous periods of time spent in RYDCs. "New" means that the instance started during the reporting period. Transfers between RYDCs will NOT be counted as new episodes. Secure detention category represents the total number of new admissions to RYDC.

Source: DJJ for all counties

Cases Petitioned (Petitions)

Cases where, among all charges in the case, the most serious outcome is something other than a dismissal or diversion. Petition category represents petitioned cases to juvenile court. Multiple cases may be associated with a single petition.

Source: DJJ for 142 dependent/shared court counties, CJCJ for 10 independent court counties (Chatham, Clayton, Columbia, Dougherty, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Spalding, Troup, and Whitfield), MISSING for 7 independent court counties (Cobb, Crawford, Dekalb, Floyd, Glynn, Gordon, and Peach). DJJ can provide partial data for these 7 counties.

Cases Resulting in Delinquent Findings (Delinquent)

Petitioned cases resulting in a delinquent finding. The charge must be a misdemeanor or felony. Delinquent category represents finding of delinquency in juvenile court. Multiple charges may be associated with a single finding of delinquency.

Source: DJJ for 142 dependent/shared court counties, CJCJ for 10 independent court counties (Chatham, Clayton, Columbia, Dougherty, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Spalding, Troup, and Whitfield), MISSING for 7 independent court counties (Cobb, Crawford, Dekalb, Floyd, Glynn, Gordon, and Peach). DJJ can provide partial data for these 7 counties.

Cases Resulting in Commitment to DJJ (Commitments, Commitments to DJJ)

Petitioned cases where, among all charges in the case, the most serious outcome is a commitment to DJJ. Commitment category represents total number of unique cases resulting in commitment.

Source: DJJ for all counties

New Instances of Confinement in Secure Juvenile Correctional Facilities (Secure Confinement)

Instances are contiguous periods of time spent in secure correctional confinement. "New" means that the instance started during the reporting period. Transfers between YDCs will NOT be counted as new instances. Secure confinement category represents the total number of youth placed in Long Term Youth Development Campus (LTYDC) or Short Term Program (STP).

Source. DJJ for all counties

Cases Sentenced in Adult Court (Transfers, Superior Court Sentenced)

Cases where, among all charges in the case, the most serious outcome is a superior court (adult) sentence. Cases sentenced in adult court category represents the total number of superior court sentences with a unique court date.

Source: DJJ for all counties