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Juveniles in Corrections
Custody Data (1997-Present)
Q: Does the race/ethnicity profile of juvenile offenders in residential placement vary by offense?
A: Non-Hispanic black juveniles accounted for the majority (40%) of nonwhite youth held in residential placement in 2006.

Race/ethnicity profile of juvenile offenders in residential placement, 2006

Most serious offense Total White
                            Minority                            
Total
Minority
Black Hispanic American
Indian1
Asian1

Total 100 % 35 % 65 % 40 % 20 % 2 % 1 %
  Delinquency 100   34   66   41   21   2   1  
   Person 100   32   68   44   20   2   1  
    Criminal homicide 100   22   78   44   29   2   3  
    Sexual assault 100   54   46   28   15   2   1  
    Robbery 100   11   89   65   21   1   1  
    Aggravated assault 100   25   75   45   26   2   2  
    Simple assault 100   37   63   42   17   2   1  
    Other person 100   40   60   40   17   2   1  
   Property 100   37   63   37   21   2   1  
    Burglary 100   39   61   37   20   2   1  
    Theft 100   41   59   40   16   2   1  
    Auto theft 100   29   71   41   26   2   2  
    Arson 100   55   45   27   14   2   1  
    Other property 100   37   63   33   25   2   1  
   Drug 100   32   68   44   22   1   1  
    Drug trafficking 100   17   83   63   17   1   1  
    Other drug 100   36   64   38   23   2   1  
   Public order 100   34   66   40   22   2   1  
    Weapons 100   18   82   50   28   1   2  
    Other public order 100   44   56   34   18   2   1  
   Technical violation* 100   35   65   37   24   2   1  
  Status 100   50   50   33   8   5   1  

1American Indian includes Alaskan Natives; Asian includes Pacific Islanders.
*Technical violations include violations of probation, parole, and valid court order.

Notes: Total includes a small number of youth for whom race/ethnicity was not reported or was reported as other. Detail may not add to total due to rounding.

The "Hispanic" category includes persons of Latin American or other Spanish culture or origin regardless of race. These persons are not included in the other race/ethnicity categories.

Minorities include blacks, Hispanics, American Indians/Alaskan Natives, Asians/Pacific Islanders, and those identified as "other race."

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Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/corrections/qa08205.asp?qaDate=2006. Released on September 12, 2008.

Data Source: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Census of Juveniles in Residential Placement 2006 [machine-readable data files]. Washington, D.C.: OJJDP.

 

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