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NCJ Number: 113365 Find in a Library
Title: Survey of Youth in Custody, 1987
Author(s): A J Beck; S A Kline; L A Greenfeld
Corporate Author: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 12
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
Washington, DC 20531
National Institute of Justice/
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Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: In 1987, an interview survey was conducted with a nationally representative sample of 2,621 residents in 50 long-term, State-operated juvenile correctional institutions.
Abstract: An estimated 60.5 percent of the respondents were between the ages of 15 and 17, 12.4 percent were age 14 or less, and 27.2 percent were 18 or older. Among all respondents, 93.1 percent were male. An estimated 53.1 percent were white, 41.1 percent were black, 18.9 percent were Hispanic, and 5.7 percent were American Indians, Asians, Alaska natives, or Pacific Islanders. About 70 percent of respondents did not live with both parents while growing up, and 54 percent reported having lived primarily in single-parent families. Among respondents, 39.3 percent were held for a violent offense, 45.6 percent for a property offense, 5.6 percent for a drug offense, and 7.2 percent for a public order offense. Just over 2 percent were confined for a status offense. Almost 43 percent had been arrested more than 5 times, with over 20 percent having been arrested more than 10 times. In addition, 82.2 percent had previously been on probation, and 58.5 percent had been previously institutionalized. The majority of respondents reported that their victims were male (58.1 percent), white (61.6 percent), and under age 21 (54.2 percent). Over 40 percent of victims were strangers, while approximately 12 percent were relatives. More than 80 percent of respondents reported prior illegal drug use, and almost 40 percent had begun using drugs before age 12. Finally, 47.6 percent reported being under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of their current offense. 15 tables and 7 footnotes.
Main Term(s): Juvenile offender statistics
Index Term(s): Drug Related Crime; Juvenile drug use
Note: Bureau of Justice Statistics Special Report
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