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Juveniles in Corrections
Facility Characteristics
Q: Are most juvenile offenders held in small facilities?
A: More than half (56%) of facilities were small (holding 20 or fewer residents), but more than half (54%) of juvenile offenders were held in medium facilities (holding 21-100 residents) in 2014.

Juveniles in residential placement by facility size and facility type, 2014

Facility size Number of
Percent of
Number of
juvenile offenders
Percent of
juvenile offenders
Total 1,852 100% 50,821 100%
1-10 residents 601 32% 3,176 6%
11-20 residents 436 24% 5,559 11%
21-50 residents 507 27% 14,623 29%
51-100 residents 212 11% 12,743 25%
101-200 residents 74 4% 8,952 18%
200+ residents 22 1% 5,768 11%

Note: Detail may not add to total because of rounding.

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  • Although the largest facilities—those holding more than 200 residents—accounted for only 1% of all facilities, they held 11% of all juvenile offenders in residential placement.
  • Inversely, although the smallest facilities—those holding 10 or fewer residents—accounted for 32% of all facilities, they held only 6% of all juvenile offenders in placement.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/corrections/qa08501.asp?qaDate=2014. Released on August 03, 2016.

Data Source: Authors' analysis of the Juvenile Residential Facility Census 2014 [machine-readable data files]. Washington, D.C.: OJJDP.


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