ERIC Number: ED302740
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Survey of Youth in Custody, 1987. Bureau of Justice Statistics Special Report.
Beck, Allen J.; And Others
In 1987, the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics interviewed 2,621 juveniles and young adults confined in 50 long-term, state-operated institutions in 26 states. More than one-quarter of the sample were over the age of 18. The results of the survey revealed that nearly 40% of the sample were being held for a violent offense. More than 60% used drugs regularly, and almost 40% were under the influence of drugs at the time of their offense. Less than one-third lived with both parents while they were growing up. More than 50% of all residents in these institutions reported that a family member had been incarcerated at some time in the past. Among all the juveniles and young adults held in institutions, over 90% were male and an estimated 53.1% were white. Almost 43% of the juveniles had been arrested more than five times, with over 20% of them having been arrested more than 10 times in the past. This report presents findings from the survey, including information on the criminal histories of those confined youth as well as a description of their family situations, drug and alcohol use, and peer group activities. Data are also presented on victims and use of weapons for those subjects committed to institutions for violent offenses. (NB)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Justice, Washington, DC. Bureau of Justice Statistics.