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Juveniles in Corrections
Facility Characteristics
Q: Do residential placement facilities hold both juvenile offenders younger than age 13 with older teen offenders?
A: Although less than one-fifth of facilities held under-13 offenders with older teens, they held 96% of all offenders under age 13.

Age mix by facility type, 2017

Population age mix Total Public Private Total Public Private
Total 1,709 975 734 100% 100% 100%
No mix of under age 13 and over age 15 1,382 765 617 81% 78% 84%
Mix of under age 13 and over age 15 327 210 117 19% 22% 16%

Notes: Facilities identified here as not having a mix of very young offenders and older teens, may in fact, allow both age groups, but merely had no mix on the census day. The specific housing arrangements of facilities identified here as having an age mix are not known. Very young and older teen populations may be separated within a facility.

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  • There were 545 juveniles ages 12 or younger in residential placement on the 2017 census date. These very young juveniles accounted for 1% of all youth in residential placement.
  • Public facilities were more likely to hold a mix of under-13 and over-15 offenders (22%) than were private facilities (16%).

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/corrections/qa08508.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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