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Juveniles in Corrections
Custody Data (1997-Present)
Q: Does the offense profile of juveniles held in residential placement vary by state?
A: Most States had a greater proportion of juveniles held for person crimes than for property crimes.
Offense profile of juveniles held in residential placement by State, 2011

-- Too few juveniles (fewer than 20) to calculate a reliable percentage.
* Percent based on a small denominator (fewer than 100 but at least 20 in the denominator).

Notes: U.S. total excludes youth in tribal facilities but includes 2,324 juvenile offenders for whom State of offense was not reported (most of these youth are in private facilities). U.S. total includes a small number of offenders (5) who committed their offense in a U.S. Territory.

To preserve the privacy of the juvenile residents, state cell counts have been rounded to the nearest multiple of three. Detail may not add to total because of rounding. Percentages are based on rounded totals. More information on this rounding rule is available on the EZACJRP Web site.

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  • Nationally, 24% of juveniles in residential placement were being held for property crimes. In comparison, 37% were held for person offenses.
  • Person offenders made up 40% or more of the placement population in 15 states and in the District of Columbia.
  • States with the highest proportion of property offenders included: Maine (46%), and Mississippi (44%).
  • The proportion of juveniles held for drug offenses ranged from 22% (Wyoming) to less than 3% (New York, and Virginia).

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/corrections/qa08301.asp?qaDate=2011. Released on September 24, 2013.

Data Source: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Census of Juveniles in Residential Placement 2011 [machine-readable data files]. Washington, D.C.: OJJDP.


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