Out-of-Home Placements Falling Among Younger Juveniles

databit201401_coverButts, Jeffrey A. (2014). Out-of-Home Placements Falling Among Younger JuvenilesResearch and Evaluation Data Bits [2014-01]. New York, NY: Research and Evaluation Center, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York.

Before 1995, according to national juvenile court data, out-of-home placement rates among delinquency cases were somewhat similar by age, although the rate among 17-year-olds was not declining as much as the rate for younger youth. After 1995, placement rates for 17-year-olds remained relatively stable while rates among youth ages 16 and younger continued to fall sharply. Among adjudicated cases and adjudicated cases involving person offenses, the difference was marked. Juvenile courts today use out-of-home placement less often than before for youth under age 17.