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Juvenile Residential Facility Census, 2014: Selected Findings (NCJ 250123) September 2016
OJJDP National Report Series
20 page(s)
Sarah Hockenberry, Andrew Wachter, and Anthony Sladky
Conducted biennially by OJJDP, the Juvenile Residential Facility Census collects information about facilities in which youth charged with or adjudicated for law violations are held. Findings from the 2014 census show that the population of justice system-involved youth dropped 11 percent from 2012 to 2014, to the lowest number since 1975. More of these youth were in local facilities on the census day in 2014 than were in state-operated facilities, continuing a trend that began with the 2012 census. The data also describe the range of services that facilities provide to youth in their care. Almost all facilities (87 percent) reported that a portion of all residents attended some type of school. Most responding facilities routinely evaluated all residents for substance abuse (74 percent), mental health needs (58 percent), and suicide risk (90 percent).