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NCJJ's latest bulletin describes youth on formal probation

November 27, 2018

This NCJJ Juvenile Justice Statistics Bulletin summarizes findings from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention's (OJJDP) Census of Juveniles on Probation, which was conducted in 2012 and is based on a one-day count of youth under formal probation supervision in the United States.

Highlights from the bulletin:NCJJ's latest bulletin describes youth on formal probation

  • An estimated 247,050 youth were under formal probation supervision on October 24, 2012.
  • More than three of every four (77%) probationers in 2012 were male and two-thirds (67%) were age 16 or older.
  • Non-Hispanic white youth accounted for the majority (44%) of those on probation, followed by non-Hispanic black youth (32%) and Hispanic youth (20%). Combined, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Asian/Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, and multi-racial youth accounted for about 4% of those on probation.
  • More than one-third (37%) were on probation as the result of a property offense; theft (12%) and burglary (11%) were the most common property offenses for which youth were on probation.

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