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Juveniles in Corrections
Custody Data (1997-Present)
Q: Does time in placement vary by race/ethnicity?
A: For both minority and white youth, half of committed juveniles had been held in the facility at least 15 weeks.
Percent of Committed Residents Remaining in Placement by Race, 2010

Percent of Detained Residents Remaining in Placement by Race, 2010

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  • The CJRP captures information on the number of days since admission for each juvenile in residential placement. These data represent the number of days the juvenile had been in the facility up to the census date (February 24, 2010). Because the data are not based on a release cohort, the complete length of stay cannot be determined.
  • The overall median time in placement for juvenile offenders held in juvenile facilities was 70 days in 2010. The median time in placement for white youth (71 days) exceeded the median time in placement for minority youth (70 days).
  • Among detained juveniles, 28% of white youth had been in the facility at least 30 days, compared with 38% of minority youth.
  • Among committed offenders, time in placement was virtually the same for whites and minorities until about the 160-day mark. After 160 days, the proportion of white youth remaining in placement was marginally greater than the proportion of minority youth remaining.
  • After 6 months, approximately one-third of both committed white and minority youth remained in placement.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/corrections/qa08403.asp?qaDate=2010. Released on December 09, 2011.

Data Source: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Census of Juveniles in Residential Placement 2010 [machine-readable data files]. Washington, D.C.: OJJDP.


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