Saturday, June 15, 2013

Juvenile Detention Facilities Not Places You Want To Visit

46% Of Youth Victims Of Property Theft Says Report
A new report from the U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice indicates crime against juveniles in detention facilities is common, ranging from theft and robbery to assaults.

The report presents key findings from the Survey of Youth in Residential Placement (SYRP) on youth’s victimization in placement, including their experiences of theft, robbery, physical assault, and sexual assault. 

SYRP is the only national survey that gathers data directly from youth in custody, using anonymous interviews. The report describes a variety of youth characteristics and facility conditions that correlate with victimization rates and identifies a core set of risk factors that predict the probability of a youth experiencing violence in custody. 

Results indicate that 46% of youth had their property stolen in their absence, 10% were directly robbed, 29% were threatened or beaten, 9% were beaten or injured, and 4% were forced to engage in sexual activity.
Full Report: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, U.S. Department of Justice

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