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Time in Placement
Q: Does time in placement vary by sex?
A: Yes. Males tended to stay in facilities longer than females in 2017.
Note: Detained offenders includes those awaiting adjudication, disposition, or placement elsewhere. Committed offenders include juveniles held as part of a court ordered disposition.
  • 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 25, 2017). Because the data are not based on a release cohort, the complete length of stay cannot be determined.
  • The overall median time in placement for juvenile offenders held in juvenile facilities was 68 days in 2017. The median time in placement for male youth (72 days) exceeded the median time in placement for female youth (43 days).
  • Among detained juveniles, 45% of males had been in the facility at least 30 days, compared with 35% of females.
  • After 180 days, 34% of committed males and 25% of committed females remained in placement.
  • Among committed females, 23% remained in placement after 190 days; in comparison, 23% of committed males remained after 250 days.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/corrections/qa08402.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.