'This report examines the current state of juvenile detention in Pennsylvania, specifically the admissions and utilization of juvenile detention. Juvenile detention in Pennsylvania provides safe, short-term care and custody for juvenile offenders who cannot be left in the community while waiting court processing. However, due to many factors, such as cost and disruption to family life, secure detention should be used sparingly. This bulletin attempts to present an analysis of data on secure detention in Pennsylvania and identify gaps and recommend improvements in the availability and quality of data on the utilization of detention. It examines data on admissions to the State's 23 secure juvenile detention facilities for 2002 and presents 1-year comparisons and 6- and 10- year trends.
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