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Juveniles in Corrections
Offenses
Q: Does the offense profile of detained juveniles in residential placement vary by State?
A: In 5 states in 2017, technical violations accounted for a greater share of detained offenders than did person offenses.

NA Too few juveniles (fewer than 20) to calculate a reliable percentage.
* Percent based on a small denominator (fewer than 100 but at least 20 in the denominator).
Interpret data with caution. In these states, 30% or more of the information for offense and/or placement status was imputed. Visit the EZACJRP methods section for more information about imputation.

Notes: This information is based on the state where the offense was committed. However, the state of offense is not always reported. Detained youth for whom state of offense was unknown are included in U.S. totals (493 in 2017). 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 excludes youth in tribal facilities.

To preserve the privacy of the juvenile residents, state cell counts have been rounded to the nearest multiple of three. Detail may not add to total because of rounding. Percentages are based on rounded totals. More information on this rounding rule is available on the EZACJRP Web site.

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  • Nationally, person offenders (41%) accounted for the largest share of the detained population, while drug and status offenders accounted for the smallest share (5% and 2%, respectively).
  • In all states, the proportion of juvenile offenders detained for drug offenses was less than 22%.
  • In most states, status offenders accounted for less than 10% of detained offenders.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/corrections/qa08305.asp?qaDate=2017. Released on October 31, 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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