This data collections provides information on each juvenile
case disposed in the state of Missouri during calendar years 1984-1987.
The state of Missouri began collecting and disseminating juvenile court
data in 1975 as the result of legislation by the Division of Youth
Services within the Department of Social Services. Despite this
legislation no binding laws required the courts to submit data to the
Division of Youth Services. In 1980, such a law was passed, and data
were first collected in 1982 and 1983. The system was automated in
1984, and these data are now available for public use. The data files
provide information on juveniles' progress through the juvenile justice
system from the time of referral to juvenile court to final
disposition. Variables include sex, race, and birth date of the
juveniles, court referral date, major allegation, number of law
violations, number of prior referrals, detention status, jail status,
court orders, placement status, and final court action.