OJJDP Bulletin: Juveniles in Residential Placement, 2011

August 27, 2014


The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) has released Juveniles in Residential Placement, 2011. The bulletin, written by National Center for Juvenile Justice's (NCJJ) Sarah Hockenberry, Research Associate, with assistance from Melissa Sickmund, Ph.D., Director of NCJJ, presents information from the 2011 Census of Juveniles in Residential Placement, conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau and sponsored by OJJDP.

Findings from this biennial survey of public and private juvenile residential facilities offer a detailed picture of the young people in residential placement in the United States. The data indicate that while the population of juvenile offenders in residential placement has declined 42 percent since 1997, the residential placement rate for black youth was more than 4.5 times the rate for white youth, and the rate for Hispanic youth was 1.8 times the rate for white youth.