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Juvenile Bed Tracking System Improves; Bed Vacancy Rates High for Some Programs, Report No. 03-74, December 2003
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  • The Department of Juvenile Justice has modified its bed management system and its residential commitment bed count is now reasonably accurate.  Accurate counts of available beds are essential for managing the placement of juvenile offenders, informing the courts of available placements, and advising the Legislature of program needs. 
  • The department’s overall vacancy rate for its residential commitment programs ranged from 5.4% to 9.8% during the last 12 months.  However, some program types—boot camps and low risk programs for males—had relatively high vacancy rates of up to 34.7%.  The department should reduce beds in programs that have consistently high vacancy rates in order to maximize the use of state funds. 

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Residential Correctional Facilities
Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ)

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 06-74 Progress Report: DJJ Has Reallocated Beds to Better Meet Needs and Improved Placement Processes, published in December 2006.
  • Report No. 06-34 Redirection as Effective as Residential Delinquency Programs, Achieved Substantial Cost Avoidance, published in March 2006.

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