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New Data Snapshot focuses on the decline in the residential placement population

July 14, 2017

The purpose of the Data Snapshot series is to disseminate current research about youth in the juvenile justice system. Each one-page Snapshot focuses on a specific topic (e.g., juveniles in residential placement) and highlights policy-relevant findings. NCJJ and OJJDP released a new Data Snapshot that focuses on the continued decline in the youth residential placement population using data collected by OJJDP's Census of Juveniles in Residential Placement (CJRP).


  • The number of juveniles in residential placement fell 55% between 1999 and 2015.
  • The national juvenile placement rate in 2015 was 152 per 100,000 youth.
  • Minority youth accounted for 69% of youth in residential placement in 2015.
  • Despite declines, the placement rate for minority youth was 2.7 times that of white youth in 2015.
  • The proportion of facilities that are locally-operated was 37% in 2015.

Download the Data Snapshot from the Statistical Briefing Book:  

Developed for OJJDP by the National Center for Juvenile Justice, the Statistical Briefing Book (SBB) provides timely and reliable statistical answers to the most frequently asked questions from policymakers, the media, and the general public. In addition, the data analysis and dissemination tools available through SBB give users quick and easy access to detailed statistics on a variety of juvenile justice topics.