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Juveniles in Corrections
Offenses
Q: How does the type of offense resulting in placement vary by sex?
A: Females were more likely than males to be held for technical violations or status offenses.

Offense profile of juveniles in residential placement by sex, 2017

Most serious offense Total Male Female
Total 100% 100% 100%
  Delinquency 96% 97% 91%
   Person 41% 42% 35%
    Criminal homicide 2% 2% 1%
    Sexual assault 6% 7% 0%
    Robbery 11% 12% 4%
    Aggravated assault 9% 9% 9%
    Simple assault 8% 7% 15%
    Other person 5% 5% 4%
   Property 22% 23% 17%
    Burglary 8% 9% 3%
    Theft 5% 5% 5%
    Auto theft 5% 5% 4%
    Arson 1% 1% 1%
    Other property 4% 4% 4%
   Drug 5% 5% 6%
    Drug trafficking 1% 1% 0%
    Other drug 4% 4% 6%
   Public order 13% 13% 9%
    Weapons 5% 6% 2%
    Other public order 8% 8% 7%
   Technical violation* 15% 14% 24%
  Status 4% 3% 9%

* Technical violations include violations of probation, parole, and valid court order.

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  • Status offenders were 9% and person offenders were 35% of females in residential placement in 2017. By comparison, status offenders were 3% and person offenders were 42% of males in placement.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/corrections/qa08304.asp?qaDate=2017. Released on April 23, 2019.

Data Source: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Census of Juveniles in Residential Placement 2017 [machine-readable data files]. Washington, D.C.: OJJDP.

 

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