Juvenile Justice Reform: Downloadable Reports

Sexual Victimization In Juvenile Facilities Reported By Youth, 2012

An estimated 9.5% of adjudicated youth in state juvenile facilities and state contract facilities (representing 1,720 youth nationwide) reported experiencing one or more incidents of sexual victimization by another youth or staff in the past 12 months or since admission, if less than 12 months. About 2.5% of youth (450 nationwide) reported an incident involving another youth, and 7.7% (1,390) reported an incident involving facility staff. An estimated 3.5% of youth reported having sex or other sexual contact with facility staff as a result of force or other forms of coercion, while 4.7% of youth reported sexual contact with staff without any force, threat, or explicit form of coercion. About 67.7% of youth victimized by another youth reported experiencing physical force or threat of force, 25.2% were offered favors or protection, and 18.1% were given drugs or alcohol to engage in sexual contact. The percentage of youth in Florida’s juvenile facilities reporting sexual victimization was 5.2%.

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Is DJJ’s Roadmap to System Excellence Funded to Succeed?

In producing this report, Voices for Florida conducted a high-level, rigorous analysis of data, policies, and other research to complete this report. We gathered input and insight from best-practice literature, strategic partners, and subject-matter experts. Our goal was to evaluate the Roadmap to System Excellence (The Roadmap) within the context of the Department of Juvenile Justice’s (DJJ) current and prior appropriations – as well as LBRs (legislative budget requests) by DJJ and the 2013 Governor’s Budget — to assess the alignment between stated programmatic intent and action and fiscal resources to fulfill the vision and implement the goals as outlined.

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What is the Rate of Juvenile Delinquency in Florida and What Happens to Youth Involved With the Juvenile Justice System?

Over 1.6 Million youth in the U.S. were referred to Juvenile Courts in 2008. Black juveniles are very much overrepresented among them. In 2008, there were over 1.6 million youth whose cases were disposed in juvenile courts across the country. Black youth were highly overrepresented in the country’s juvenile courts when considering that Black youth comprised 34% of those cases disposed and yet, they only constituted 16% of the population at risk or all youth aged 10 to 17.

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