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Highlights From the 2018 Juvenile Residential Facility Census

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Date Published
July 2020
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Graphs and summary statements report U.S. data for the years 2000-2018 on the types of residential facilities where youth were placed and the screenings provided by the facilities.


The proportion of locally operated residential facilities for youth has increased steadily since 2000, and the number of private facilities for youth has decreased. Since 2010, locally operated facilities for juvenile offenders have held more residents than state-operated facilities. Between 2000 and 2018, the proportion of facilities screening all youth for suicide risk has increased substantially; and most youth facilities reported screening all or some youth for service needs within one week of admission. The number of deaths of youth in facilities has decreased since 2000; suicide was the most common cause of death in most years. 5 figures

Date Published: July 1, 2020