Pub. date: 2005 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412952514 | Print ISBN: 9780761927310 | Online ISBN: 9781412952514| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Detained Youth and Committed Youth
Detained youth and committed youth are legal terms used to describe the incarcerated status of a juvenile offender, under the age of 18 who has been charged with breaking the law. There are several ways in which youths may be detained or committed. The most common ways include (a) holding them while they await adjudication or placement or (b) committing them to state custody in residential programs and/or juvenile correctional institutions after a court disposition or adjudication. Today, there are more than 130,000 juveniles in residential placements across the United States. Most are sent to juvenile correctional facilities for nonviolent offenses. An adjudicated delinquent is a young person who has been found guilty of a violation of federal or state law, or local ordinance. Under some federal and state statutes, youthful offender status is extended to young adults aged 18–25 in sentencing consideration. However, under some statutes juvenile offenders can ...