Detention Admissions for Person Offenses

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Detention admissions for person offenses

As previously mentioned, decisions to detain juveniles are based on screening instruments that take into account numerous factors in addition to the presenting offense. Absent from this analysis on detention admissions are data pertaining to previous offenses or circumstances that may play a part in detention decisions.

Girls' detention admissions were more likely to be for person offenses than boys' and the girls' proportion of admissions for person offenses increased more than boys during the period examined.

In 2007, 46 percent of all girls admitted to secure detention were for offenses against a person (n=1,236). The proportion of girls detained for offenses against a person increased 18 percent during the period examined, from 39 percent (n=1,302) in 2002 to 46 percent (n=1,236) in 2007.

Boys were detained at a much higher rate for offenses against a person than females. There were 567 admissions for every 100,000 boys age 10 to 16 in 2007 compared to 198 for girls. While boys' rates of detention for offenses against a person were higher than girls, girls had a higher proportion of their admissions for person offenses.

In 2007, 28 percent of boys' admissions (n=3,706) and 46 percent of girls' admissions (n=1,236) were for person offenses. Figure 17 shows the proportion of person offense admissions to secure detention for boys and girls from 2002 to 2007.

Figure 17
Proportion of detention admissions for offenses against a person by gender, 2002-2007

Line Chart: Two lines (Girls & Boys) Percent of admissions by gender

2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
Girls ~49% ~48% ~42% ~55% ~54% 46%
Boys ~27% ~30% ~31% ~30% ~29% 28

Source: Juvenile Monitoring Information System

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