Juveniles Brought into Formal Contact with the Police or Criminal Justice System

Based on a comparison of 56 countries in 2012, USA ranked the highest in juveniles brought into formal contact with the police or criminal justice system with 1,317,400 followed by France and Germany. On the other end of the scale was Moldova with 36.0, Montenegro with 348 and Armenia with 349.

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Countries Unit 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Albania ... ...   1,067 995 1,427 1,424 1,721    
Algeria       11,062 9,995 10,918 9,984 9,196    
Armenia ...     395 366 282 477 452    
Australia ... ... ... ... ... 65,037 69,313 72,029   ...
Austria ...     28,683 33,068 35,912 33,063 29,306    
Azerbaijan       487 485 498 ... 439 ...  
Belarus       5,113 5,664 5,167 4,410 ... ... ...
Belgium ... ... ... 22,875 24,373 23,965 23,941 23,621    
Bosnia and Herzegovina ... ... ... ... 1,070 886 2,188 1,966    
Bulgaria       8,543 7,137 6,316 4,712 5,080    
Canada       85,860 90,680 87,488 84,490 79,590    
Chile       54,790 52,179 53,386 51,448 48,033    
Colombia ...     43,081 32,900 29,671 21,501 22,553    
Croatia       3,390 3,554 3,575 3,047 3,323    
Czech Republic ...     8,835 8,957 8,737 7,433 5,488    
Denmark       7,250 ... ... ... ... ... ...
Egypt   ...   31,809 35,633 30,297 29,942 33,441   ...
Estonia     ... ... 2,103 2,227 1,673 1,486   ...
Finland       33,048 34,956 38,574 35,703 35,032    
France       201,662 203,699 207,821 214,612 216,243    
Georgia       888 923 1,304 669 675 ... ...
Germany       278,447 277,447 265,771 254,205 231,543    
Greece ...     3,670 5,097 7,748 6,460 7,293   ...
Hungary       13,558 13,270 13,511 12,062 11,413    
Iceland   ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...
India ...     26,899 29,771 30,962 28,977 27,471 ... ...
Ireland       13,092 ... ... ... ... ... ...
Israel ...     14,467 13,268 14,361 ... ...   ...
Italy ...     31,516 32,392 31,826 30,161 29,558    
Japan       112,817 103,224 90,966 90,282 85,846    
Kazakhstan ... ...   8,762 8,317 7,498 6,618 6,051    
Kyrgyzstan       1,151 1,280 1,190 1,190 1,176    
Latvia       1,927 2,267 2,257 1,773 1,538    
Lithuania       3,288 3,180 3,418 3,147 2,655    
Luxembourg ... ... ... 1,701 2,277 2,145 2,508 2,581   ...
Macedonia ... ...   4,106 3,377 3,888 4,015 3,415    
Malta ...     278 258 282 300 384    
Mexico ... ... ... ... ... ... 11,728 ... ...  
Moldova ... ... ... ... 91.0 82.0 68.0 36.0    
Mongolia       1,555 1,437 1,080 943 907   ...
Montenegro ... ...   433 475 353 480 422    
Morocco       13,360 14,321 14,259 15,112 ... ...  
Netherlands       98,015 97,660 86,510 73,045 60,700    
New Zealand ... ...   38,342 37,837 37,897 38,139 37,109    
Norway       5,502 6,065 5,869 5,329 5,048   ...
Peru ...     1,909 1,888 2,765 2,781 ... ... ...
Philippines ... ...   1,955 1,825 2,158 2,735 4,246    
Poland       53,782 54,747 52,081 50,872 51,163    
Portugal       4,600 4,530 3,619 3,613 3,200    
Romania       14,783 14,947 13,831 13,134 12,363    
Russia       148,595 131,965 107,890 85,452 72,692   ...
Serbia ... ...   5,079 4,804 4,958 4,544 4,582    
Singapore       1,987 2,131 1,892 1,783 1,733    
Slovakia ... ...   3,866 4,243 3,751 3,343 2,899    
Slovenia       1,612 1,551 1,474 1,563 1,455    
South Korea       90,628 115,661 123,044 113,022 ... ... ...
Spain ... ...   21,714 17,594 18,749 19,736 18,341    
Sweden       26,654 28,222 30,286 31,879 30,902    
Switzerland ... ...   12,685 ... ... 19,431 17,932    
Tajikistan ... ... ... 519 554 467 415 384   ...
Turkmenistan       127 ... ... ... ... ... ...
Ukraine ...     16,966 15,572 13,541 12,956 13,950 ... ...
United Kingdom ... ... ... ... 6,341 8,820 ... ... ... ...
USA       2,213,498 2,171,230 2,101,096 1,906,587 1,642,646