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Juveniles in Corrections
Custody Data (1995 & before)
Q: On average, how long did juveniles stay in custody in 1995?
A: The average length of stay for juveniles released from custody in 1994 varied by facility type and custody status ranging from a few days to several months.

Average time in placement for juveniles released from custody, 1994

  Releases in 1994 Average time
in placement
(in days)

Public facilities 723,547   40  
  Committed 133,239   147  
  Detained 588,260   15  
  Voluntary 2,048   91  
Private facilities 148,153   109  

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  • Juveniles may experience more than one "stay" during the course of their disposition.
  • For public facilities, the average stay per facility for juveniles in detention was 2 weeks and for committed juveniles it was 5 months.
  • Juveniles in private facilities had an average length of stay of 3.5 months.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/corrections/qa08104.asp?qaDate=19990930. Released on September 30, 1999.

Adapted from Sickmund, M., Snyder, H., and Poe-Yamagata, E. Juvenile Offenders and Victims: 1997 Update on Violence. [HTML File] or [Adobe Acrobat File].

Data Source: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Children in Custody Census of Public and Private Juvenile Detention, Correctional, and Shelter Facilities 1994/95 [machine-readable data files]. Washington, D.C.: Bureau of the Census, 1996.


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