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The (Mis)Uses of Detention and the Impact of Bed Space in One Jurisdiction

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‘Analysis of booking data prior to and following the opening of a new facility doubling available bed space reveals that 53.0% of detentions and prior to or at a detention hearing, charges for 48.8% of bookings are for technical violations of probation or status offenses only, and that 62.5% of bookings are for a combination of the prior two offense and other minor offenses. These trends as well as the actual number of youths detained increased with the move into a new facility with twice the bed space. The data suggest that detention is frequently used as shelter and/or punishment even though a juvenile does not technically represent a threat to self, community, or of absconding.’ [article abstract]