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Juveniles in Corrections
Facility Practices and Services
Q: Suicide Risk: Are youth in residential placement evaluated for suicide risk?
A: More than 9 in 10 (95%) facilities reported evaluating youth for suicide risk in 2016.

Facilities evaluating youth for suicide risk, by facility operation and facility type, 2016

Total
facilities
Reporting
facilities
All
youth
Some
youth
None
Total 1,772 1,568 93% 2% 5%

Facility operation
Public 978 899 96% 1% 3%
  State 365 323 98% 0% 1%
  Local 613 576 95% 1% 4%
Private 794 669 89% 3% 8%

Facility type1
Detention center 662 613 98% 0% 1%
Long-term secure 189 178 97% 1% 3%
Reception/diagnostic center 58 46 89% 2% 9%
Group home 344 289 82% 4% 15%
Residential treatment center 678 590 94% 2% 3%
Ranch/wilderness camp 30 28 71% 4% 25%
Shelter 131 124 90% 3% 7%

Notes: Counts include evaluations conducted either on or offsite the facility location.

Percent based on number of reporting facilities.

1 Facility type counts sum to more than the total number of facilities because facilities could select more than one facility type.


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  • The majority of facilities (93%) reported evaluating all youth for suicide risk in 2016.
  • A larger proportion of public facilities (96%) than private facilities (89%) reported evaluating all youth for suicide risk. Nearly all state-operated facilities (98%) reported evaluating all youth.
  • Detention centers accounted for the largest proportion of facilities (98%) to evaluate all youth for suicide risk in 2016, while ranch/wilderness camps accounted for the smallest proportion to do so (71%).

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/corrections/qa08550.asp?qaDate=2016. Released on March 27, 2018.

Data Source: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Authors' analysis of Juvenile Residential Facility Census 2016 [machine-readable data files]. Washington, D.C.: OJJDP.

 

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