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What are some statistics about juvenile detention centers?

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According to the National Report Series the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention released in 2013, about 51 percent of state-operated juvenile detention centers in 2010 held 70 percent of juvenile offenders. Child Trends Data Bank also reported that in 2011, more than 60,000 juveniles were detained in residential custody facilities in the United States. The number of youths residing in juvenile centers decreased in 2013 to a little over 54,000 youths.

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Over 2,100 juvenile centers were in operation in 2010, about one-half of which were facilities run by state and local governments. The total number of juveniles held in local facilities, however, outnumbered the youths in private centers. Detention centers also made up most of the state-run facilities in 2010, with 705 centers dedicated to housing youths detained under specific circumstances.

According to a study from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, simple assault, drug abuse violations, larceny-theft and disorderly conduct accounted for one-half of the total juvenile arrests in 2010. Persons aged 16 to 17 accounted for three-fourths of the total number of arrests for violent offenses that year.

At least 10 states, including California, Texas, Tennessee, Maryland and Pennsylvania, saw an increase of violent crime arrest involving juveniles compared to the national average. Despite this fact, the rate of juvenile crimes dropped significantly from the early 1990s to 2010.

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