2009 Census of Juveniles on Probation
The Census of Juveniles on Probation (CJP) 2009 was the first-ever attempt to collect comprehensive data about the largest segment of the juvenile justice population: youth on probation supervision. Initiated by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), George Mason University conducted the first full-scale CJP collection on October 21, 2009. The Lloyd Society was pleased to provide research support services and to coordinate the CJP Summit in September 2010.
In accordance with the OJJDP’s mission “To provide national leadership, coordination, and resources to prevent juvenile victimization and respond appropriately to juvenile delinquency” an integrated battery of 4 data collections were developed to focus on juveniles within the justice system. Authorized by The Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 2002 42 U.S.C. 5661 (Sec. 251), the agency has been conducting research, evaluation, and analysis of juvenile populations. Results of such collections allow for: improved opportunities for treatment; cooperation with other governments and agencies; and rehabilitative services while holding juvenile offenders accountable.
Since the juvenile populations provide unique obstacles these populations require their own research considerations. Four data collections were devised to document the services and needs of this population. All four collections were developed with advisory board consultation, focus group testing, and cognitive testing of methods. All experienced at least a two-year design phase and are subject to ongoing refinements. The first collections focused on juveniles in facilities (Juvenile Residential Facility Census- JRFC), resources available to juveniles in facilities (Census of Juveniles in Residential Placement - CJRP) and the resources available to juveniles on probation (Census of Juvenile Probation Supervision Offices – CJPSO).
The final of the four was the Census of Juveniles on Probation (CJP). A short PowerPoint presentation about the project can be viewed by clicking here. Questions included in this census recorded the actual number of youths on probation on one day across the entire United States. Youths were accounted for by age, race, sex, offense, location of juvenile, and location of offense. For the first time ever a current image of the entire population of juveniles serving probation could be documented for analysis and comparison. Graphed results for the nation and regions can be viewed by clicking here.
More information about all four of the juvenile specific collections and updates can be found on the OJJDP’s website: www.ojjdp.gov.