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State Comparisons
Q: How do States vary in their use of private facilities?
A: Although nationally approximately one-fourth of youth were held in privately operated facilities, the use of private facilities varies substantially by State.

NA Too few youth (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: The term ‘youth’ refers to persons under age 21 who were in a facility because they were charged with or adjudicated for an offense.

This information is based on the state where the offense was committed. However, the state of offense is not always reported. Youth for whom state of offense was unknown are included in U.S. totals (1,895 in 2019). These instances are not evenly distributed across states. As such, users should exercise caution when examining state-level trends or comparing states. Visit the EZACJRP methods section for more information.

U.S. total includes a small number of youth (4) who committed their offense in a U.S. Territory but excludes youth in tribal facilities.

To protect the confidentiality of the youth in residential placement all published state data from the Census of Juveniles in Residential Placement (CJRP) are rounded to the nearest multiple of three. Each state cell is rounded independently, without consideration as to row or column totals. As a result, in many tables, the internal cells do not add to the marginal totals. Percentages presented from CJRP are also based on rounded counts. More information on this rounding rule is available on the EZACJRP Web site.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: Released on May 21, 2021.

Data Source: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Census of Juveniles in Residential Placement 2019 [machine-readable data files]. Washington, D.C.: OJJDP.