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Juveniles in Corrections
Custody Data (1995 & before)
Q: Were most juvenile offenders in custody being held for violent offenses in 1995?
A: Juveniles held for Violent Crime Index offenses (a subset of crimes against persons) accounted for 20% of juvenile offenders (21% of delinquents) in custody in public and private facilities in 1995.

Offense profile for juvenile offenders in public and private facilities, 1995

Most serious offense
Public facilities
Private facilities
Total Committed Detained Total Committed Detained
Delinquency
66,236
43,111
23,125
17,784
16,416
1,368
 
100%
100%
100%
100%
100%
100%
Person
42
45
37
33
34
30
  Violent Index
27
33
13
12
13
10
  Other person
11
12
11
21
21
17
Property
32
33
28
43
44
41
  Property Index
22
23
19
23
23
23
  Other property
10
10
9
20
21
18
Drug
9
9
10
13
13
14
  Trafficking
4
4
4
6
5
8
  Other drug
5
5
6
7
7
6
Alcohol
1
0
1
2
2
1
Public order
7
6
8
5
5
6
Technical violation
9
6
15
3
3
6
Other delinquency
1
1
2
1
1
2
Status offense
1,785
888
897
5,700
4,870
830
 
100%
100%
100%
100%
100%
100%
Running away
27
20
34
25
24
33
Truancy
15
18
12
18
19
16
Incorrigibility
23
27
20
36
35
37
Curfew violation
3
2
3
4
4
1
Underage drinking
2
2
2
4
4
1
Valid court order violation
25
23
28
8
8
9
Other status offense
5
8
2
5
6
2

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  • Juveniles charged with crimes against persons made up a greater share of the offender population in public than in private facilities. Juveniles held for Violent Crime Index offenses (a subset of crimes against persons) made up 27% of the overall delinquency population in public facilities and 12% in private facilities.
  • In public facilities juveniles charged with Violent Crime Index offenses were 33% of committed and 13% of detained delinquents.
  • Juveniles held for property offenses accounted for 33% of delinquents committed to public facilities, 28% of detained delinquents, and 32% of the overall delinquency population in public facilities.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/corrections/qa08103.asp?qaDate=19990930. Released on September 30, 1999.

Adapted from Sickmund, M., Snyder, H., and Poe-Yamagata, E. Juvenile Offenders and Victims: 1997 Update on Violence. [HTML File] or [Adobe Acrobat File].

Data Source: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Children in Custody Census of Public and Private Juvenile Detention, Correctional, and Shelter Facilities 1994/95 [machine-readable data files]. Washington, D.C.: Bureau of the Census, 1996.

 

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