Juveniles in Corrections

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National Report Series U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention June 2004 Access OJJDP publications online at www.ojp.usdoj.gov/ojjdp Juveniles in Corrections Melissa Sickmund This Bulletin is part of the Juvenile Offenders and Victims National Report Series. The National Report offers a comprehensive statistical overview of the problems of juvenile crime, violence, and victimization and the response of the juvenile justice system. During each interim year, the Bulletins in the National Report Series provide access to the latest information on juvenile arrests, court cases, juveniles in custody, and other topics of interest. Each Bulletin in the series highlights selected top- ics at the forefront of juvenile justice policymaking, giving readers focused access to sta- tistics on some of the most critical issues. Together, the National Report and this series provide a baseline of facts for juvenile justice professionals, policymakers, the media, and concerned citizens. A Message From OJJDP The biennial Census of Juveniles in Residential Placement provides the nation with a detailed picture of juveniles in custody—age, race, gender, offenses, adjudication status, and more. Conducted by the U.S. Bureau of the Census for the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquen- cy Prevention, the census surveys both public and private juvenile residential placement facil- ities in every state. This Bulletin presents the latest available national and state-level data from the census, por- traying the 134,011 youth held in 2,939 facilities on October 27, 1999. Because the census does not survey adult facilities, the Bulletin draws on other sources for statistics on offenders younger than 18 who were held in jails and adult prisons. It also examines imposition of the death penalty for crimes committed by offenders when they were younger than 18. Clear, comprehensive, reliable statistical information on juveniles in custody, such as that presented in this Bulletin, is an invaluable resource for policymakers and juvenile justice pro- fessionals. This information is essential not only for planning and operating juvenile residen- tial facilities but also for understanding and preventing delinquency. J. Robert Flores OJJDP Administrator Office of Justice Programs Partnerships for Safer Communities www.ojp.usdoj.gov
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2 National Report Series Bulletin Detailed data are available on juveniles in residential placement in the United States Information on residents in juvenile cus- tody is drawn from the Census of Juve- niles in Residential Placement (CJRP). The U.S. Bureau of the Census adminis- tered the CJRP for the first time in 1997 for the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). The CJRP, which is conducted biennially, pro- vides the nation with the most detailed picture of juveniles in custody that has ever been produced. It asks all juvenile residential facilities in the U.S. to de- scribe each youth assigned a bed in the
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