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Juveniles in Corrections
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Q: Does the offense profile of committed juveniles in residential placement vary by State?
A: Person offenders accounted for more than the national average of 42% of the committed residential placement population in 19 states and the District of Columbia in 2017.

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. Committed youth for whom state of offense was unknown are included in U.S. totals (3,613 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 includes a small number of offenders (1) who committed their offense in a U.S. Territory but 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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  • Georgia had the highest proportion of person offenders among committed juveniles (71%). North Dakota had the lowest proportion (19%).
  • In 21 states, the proportion of juvenile offenders committed for technical violations of probation, parole, or valid court orders exceeded the national level (13%).
  • In nearly all states, status offenders accounted for less than 5% of committed offenders.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/corrections/qa08306.asp?qaDate=2017. Released on October 31, 2017.

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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