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Juveniles in Residential Placement, 2013 (NCJ 249507) May 2016
OJJDP National Report Series
16 page(s)
Sarah Hockenberry
The OJJDP-sponsored Census of Juveniles in Residential Placement details the characteristics of youth held for delinquency and status offenses in public and private residential facilities in every state. The 2013 data show that the number of youth in placement continues to decline. In 1997, 105,055 youth were held in out-of-home placement. Although the number of youth in confinement increased 4 percent between 1997 and 1999, by 2013, that number had decreased 50 percent to 54,148, its lowest level. Relative declines from 1997 to 2013 were greater for committed youth than for detained youth. Minority youth accounted for 68 percent of youth in residential placement in 2013, with black males making up the largest share. The national detention rate for black youth was nearly 6 times the rate for white youth, and their commitment rate was more than 4 times the rate for white youth.