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Juveniles in Corrections
Facility Characteristics
Q: How many juvenile residential placement facilities hold female offenders?
A: On the October 25, 2017 census date, 965 juvenile residential facilities held female offenders. Facilities housing only females on the census date accounted for 8% of all facilities.

Gender mix by facility type, 2017

Population gender mix Total Public Private Total Public Private
Total 1,709 975 734 100% 100% 100%
Male offenders only 744 327 417 44% 34% 57%
Female offenders only 143 52 91 8% 5% 12%
Male and female offenders 822 596 226 48% 61% 31%

Notes: Facilities identified here as gender specific, may in fact, allow both sexes, but merely had no opposite-sex residents on the census day. The specific housing arrangements of facilities identified here as holding both sexes are not known. Male and female populations may be separated within a facility.

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  • Fewer than half (44%) of all juvenile residential facilities nationwide held only male offenders on October 25, 2017. Female-only facilities accounted for 8% of all facilities. The remaining facilities held both male and female offenders. A substantially larger proportion of public facilities (61%) than private facilities (31%) held both males and females. A greater proportion of private facilities (12%) than public facilities (5%) held only females on the census day.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/corrections/qa08504.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.


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