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Juveniles in Residential Placement, 2015

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This bulletin presents information from the 2015 Census of Juveniles in Residential Placement, a biennial survey of public and private juvenile residential facilities that the U.S. Census Bureau conducted and OJJDP sponsored. The data indicates that the number of juveniles held in residential placement as a result of an offense has declined 54 percent since 1997. Racial and ethnic minority youth accounted for 69 percent of youth in residential placement in 2015, with black males making up the largest share. The national detention rate for black youth was 6 times the rate for white youth, and their commitment rate was nearly 5 times the rate for white youth.