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Juveniles in Corrections
Time in Placement
Q: Does time in placement vary by race/ethnicity?
A: For both minority and white youth, half of committed juveniles had been held in the facility at least 12 weeks.
Note: Detained offenders includes 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 28, 2015). 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 69 days in 2015. The median time in placement for white youth was the same as the median time in placement for minority youth (69 days).
  • Among detained juveniles, 35% of white youth had been in the facility at least 30 days, compared with 43% of minority youth.
  • Among committed offenders, time in placement was virtually the same for whites and minorities.
  • After 6 months, approximately one-third of both committed white and minority youth remained in placement.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/corrections/qa08403.asp?qaDate=2015. Released on June 01, 2017.

Data Source: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Census of Juveniles in Residential Placement 2015 [machine-readable data files]. Washington, D.C.: OJJDP.

 

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