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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 (96%) facilities reported evaluating youth for suicide risk in 2018.

Facilities evaluating youth for suicide risk, by facility operation and facility type, 2018

Total
facilities
Reporting
facilities
All
youth
Some
youth
None
Total 1,510 1,437 95% 1% 4%

Facility operation
Public 903 883 97% 1% 3%
  State 331 325 96% 1% 3%
  Local 572 558 97% 1% 3%
Private 607 554 92% 2% 7%

Facility type1
Detention center 625 609 99% 0% 1%
Long-term secure 164 163 100% 0% 0%
Reception/diagnostic center 37 35 100% 0% 0%
Group home 240 221 81% 1% 18%
Residential treatment center 553 514 96% 2% 2%
Ranch/wilderness camp 27 24 83% 0% 17%
Shelter 116 115 92% 1% 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 (95%) reported evaluating all youth for suicide risk in 2018.
  • A larger proportion of public facilities (97%) than private facilities (92%) reported evaluating all youth for suicide risk. Nearly all locally (97%) and state-operated facilities (96%) reported evaluating all youth.
  • All long-term secure and reception/diagnostic facilities and 99% of detention centers evaluated all youth for suicide risk in 2018. Group homes accounted for the smallest proportion to do so (81%).

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/corrections/qa08550.asp?qaDate=2018. Released on May 15, 2020.

Data Source: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Authors' analysis of Juvenile Residential Facility Census 2018 [machine-readable data files]. Washington, D.C.: OJJDP.

 

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