September | October 2016

NEW PUBLICATIONS

All OJJDP publications may be viewed and downloaded on the publications section of the OJJDP website. Print publications may be ordered online at the National Criminal Justice Reference Service website.

Juvenile Residential Facility  Census, 2014: Selected Findings Juvenile Residential Facility Census, 2014: Selected Findings (Bulletin)
NCJ 250123

National Report Series

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).

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The Role of Technology in Youth Harassment Victimization (Bulletin)

Justice Research Series

This bulletin discusses key findings from the National Institute of Justice-sponsored Technology Harassment Victimization study. It is a follow-up study to the OJJDP’s second National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence (NatSCEV II). The study examines technology-involved harassment within the context of other types of youth victimization and risk factors to improve current policy and practice regarding the issue. Of the 791 respondents, 230 (34 percent) reported 311 unique harassment incidents in the past year. Sixty-one percent of harassment victims were boys and 60 percent were white and non-Hispanic. Youth who experienced mixed forms of harassment said they could not get away from the harassment because they were being victimized across multiple environments—at school, at home, and with online technology. The perpetrators were often current or past friends or romantic partners and thus more likely to know personal details about their victims. Texting was the predominant type of technology used in mixed-harassment incidents.

Delinquency Cases Involving Hispanic Youth, 2013 (Bulletin)

National Report Series

This bulletin provides an overview of juvenile court handling of delinquency cases involving Hispanic youth. In 2013, 53 percent of all delinquency cases involving Hispanic youth were petitioned to court for formal case processing. Of petitioned delinquency cases involving Hispanic youth, 62 percent resulted in the youth being adjudicated delinquent. Property offenses accounted for the largest proportion of Hispanic cases in 2013; cases involving person offenses constituted a smaller proportion of the caseload (32 percent and 21 percent respectively). Larceny–theft offenses accounted for the largest proportion of cases involving Hispanic females, followed by disorderly conduct and simple assault offenses (39 percent, 36 percent, and 35 percent, respectively). Youth age 15 or younger accounted for more than 60 percent of disorderly conduct cases involving Hispanic youth.