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New Survey Provides a Glimpse of the Youth Reentry Population

NCJ Number
Corrections Today Volume: 67 Issue: 2 Dated: April 2005 Pages: 30,31,156
Melissa Sickmund
Date Published
April 2005
3 pages
This article presents summary findings on the juvenile reentry population from the 2003 Census of Juveniles in Residential Placement (CJRP) and the 2003 Survey of Youth in Residential Placement (SYRP).
Comparing 1999 and 2003 statistics, from the Census of Juveniles in Residential Placement (CJRP) on the size of the juvenile reentry population in the United States, the juvenile reentry population is smaller today than it was in 1999. Utilizing data from the 2003 CJRP and the 2003 Survey of Youth in Residential Placement (SYRP), this article provides a current understanding of the characteristics of juvenile candidates for reentry programs. Information is presented in the areas of prior convictions and prior custody, family situations, and emotional problems. The data indicate that substantial proportions of the juvenile reentry population are likely to return to the community needing extensive supervision and support services in order to be successful, with 2 in 10 of the juveniles with a previous custody experience having increased the seriousness of their offending. Most of the youth will return to live with single parents who may benefit from programs helping them to adequately supervise their children. Nearly 71 percent of these youth expressed multiple types of emotional problems. All these issues identified for youth reentering the community must be addressed in order for the youth to become productive citizens.