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Juveniles in Corrections
Time in Placement
Q: Does time in placement vary for detained juveniles and committed juveniles?
A: Committed juveniles had been in placement longer than detained juveniles.
Note: Detained offenders include those awaiting adjudication, disposition, or placement elsewhere. Committed offenders include juveniles held as part of a court ordered disposition.

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  • The CJRP captures information on the number of days since admission for each juvenile in residential placement. These data represent the number of days the juvenile had been in the facility up to the census date (October 23, 2019). Because the data are not based on a release cohort, the complete length of stay cannot be determined.
  • About one-third (33%) of committed juveniles, but less than 8% of detained juveniles, remained in placement 6 months after admission.
  • Among detained offenders (those awaiting adjudication, disposition, or placement elsewhere), about 72% had been in the facility for at least 10 days, 57% for at least 15 days, and 46% for at least 30 days. By 60 days, only 28% of these detained offenders remained in placement; and by 90 days, 18% remained.
  • Among committed juveniles (those held as part of a court-ordered disposition), 81% had been in the facility at least 30 days, 69% for at least 60 days, and 58% at least 90 days. After a full year, 12% of committed offenders remained in placement.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/corrections/qa08401.asp?qaDate=2019. Released on May 21, 2021.

Data Source: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Census of Juveniles in Residential Placement 2019 [machine-readable data files]. Washington, D.C.: OJJDP.


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