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Youth Population Snapshot

Get information on the youth DYRS serves. These snapshot pages present data on the youth supervised by DYRS, including basic demographic information, offense history, and placement and service distributions.

DYRS is responsible for the supervision, custody, and care of young people charged with a delinquent act in the District in one of the following circumstances:

  • Detained in a DYRS facility while awaiting adjudication.
  • Committed to DYRS by a DC Family Court Judge following adjudication.

Youth can be initially committed to DYRS until the age of 18 and may remain under agency care until the age of 21.


DYRS Daily Population Report for the Youth Services Center

Data as of Tuesday, January 26, 2015 at 9:00 am.  

The Daily Population Report provides stakeholders with current capacity data for the Youth Services Center (YSC) and DYRS-funded detention alternatives.

Youth Services Center  
Male Detained Youth 40
Female Detained Youth 10
Male Committed Youth 18
Female Committed Youth 8
Detained/Committed Youth 5
Overnight Youth 0
Total  81


Shelter Homes, Male Youth  
Currently Placed 43
In YSC Awaiting Placement 1


Shelter Homes, Female Youth  
Currently Placed 25
In YSC Awaiting Placement 1



Category Definitions:
(1) YSC and Shelter Home data is pulled each morning directly from the YES system. This data reflects real-time information from DYRS’s youth-tracking database, and it has not been validated for accuracy. This is momentary snapshot data which should not be used as a substitute for DYRS’ long-term trend data, also found within the “Data” tab on the DYRS website.
(2) “Detained/Committed” refers to youth committed to DYRS and detained at YSC on a new offense(s) pre-adjudication/pre-disposition.
(3) Youth "awaiting shelter home placement" are administratively held at YSC if there are no immediate vacancies in shelter homes.
(4) “Overnight” youth spend the night at YSC due to an arrest after court hours. DYRS will bring these youth to court for initial hearings and processing the morning after their arrest.


Gender Breakdown of New Commitments

The percentage of newly committed youth to DYRS, by sex, by fiscal year.

Fiscal Year Male Female
FY2004 87% 13%
FY2005 88% 12%
FY2006 91% 9%
FY2007 87% 13%
FY2008 92% 8%
FY2009 90% 10%
FY2010 91% 9%
FY2011 86% 14%
FY2012 88% 12%

Race/Ethnicity Breakdown of New Commitments

The percentage of newly committed youth to DYRS, by race and ethnicity, by fiscal year.

Fiscal Year African-American Latino Other
FY2004 93% 7% 0%
FY2005 97% 3% 0%
FY2006 96% 4% 0%
FY2007 98% 2% 0%
FY2008 99% 1% 0%
FY2009 96% 4% 0.3%
FY2010 98% 2% 0.3%
FY2011 96% 4% 0%
FY2012 95% 4% 1%

Age Breakdown of New Commitments

The percentage of newly committed youth to DYRS, by age, by fiscal year.

Fiscal Year 14 and Under 15 16 17 18 and Older
FY2004 15% 17% 22% 32% 15%
FY2005 19% 21% 21% 17% 22%
FY2006 15% 21% 27% 27% 11%
FY2007 11% 20% 27% 27% 15%
FY2008 16% 20% 30% 26% 9%
FY2009 15% 21% 25% 26% 14%
FY2010 14% 20% 31% 25% 11%
FY2011 18% 20% 25% 24% 14%
FY2012 14% 24% 22% 28% 13%

Committing Offense for Newly Committed Youth, Felony or Misdemeanor

The percentage of newly committed youth to DYRS, by committing offense type (felony or misdemeanor), by fiscal year.

Fiscal Year Felonies Misdemeanors
FY2004 65% 35%
FY2005 62% 38%
FY2006 64% 36%
FY2007 68% 32%
FY2008 70% 30%
FY2009 57% 43%
FY2010 49% 51%
FY2011 47% 53%
FY2012 44% 56%

Committing Offense Type for Newly Committed Youth

The percentage of newly committed youth to DYRS, by committing offense type (violent, property, drug or other), by fiscal year.

Offense Type % of FY2012 Commitments
Violent Offenses (includes threats and weapons offenses) 57%
Property Offenses (includes Unauthorized Use of Vehicle) 31%
Drug Offenses 4%
Other Offenses (includes Persons in Need of Supervision) 7%

DYRS's legal mandate to provide treatment services to youth in the least restrictive, most homelike environment consistent with public safety.  Based on their supervision and treatment needs, youth who have been adjudicated and committed to DYRS custody may be placed in either a secure facility or a community-based placement. This includes two facilities operated directly by the District of Columbia: the Youth Services Center, which holds youth detained while awaiting trial, and New Beginnings Youth Development Center, which is a secure treatment facility. All youth, regardless of where they are initially placed, will eventually transition into community placement.

Average Daily Distribution of Committed Youth by Placement Type

The average daily percentage of committed youth placed in each placement type for fiscal years 2011 and 2012.

Placement Type Placement FY2011 FY2012
Community-Based Home 34% 30%
  Community-Based Residential Facilities 16% 12%
  Foster Homes 2% 3%
  Independent Living 2% 2%
Residential Treatment Residential Treatment Center 17% 19%
  Model Unit 4% 6%
  In-Patient Hospital or Substance Abuse Treatment 9% 2%
  Awaiting Placement Facility 5% 5%
Other Abscondence 6% 5%
  Jail 15% 14%

Youth Served through DC YouthLink, by Gender

The total number of unique youth served through DC YouthLink, by gender and fiscal year. Since an individual youth may have an enrollment that spans multiple fiscal years, the total count of unique youth served by the initiative may be smaller than the sum of youth served in individual fiscal years.

Fiscal Year Male Female Total
FY2010 527 53 580
FY2011 689 88 777
FY2012 540 70 610
Total 946 119 1065

Age at Enrollment for Youth Served through DC YouthLink

The distribution of age for each youth at the beginning of their DC YouthLink enrollment, by fiscal year, by fiscal year. Youth who were enrolled in DC YouthLink at two distinct stages of their rehabilitation are counted twice.

Fiscal Year 14 and Under 15 16 17 18 19 20
FY2010 31 55 119 146 135 74 27
FY2011 35 75 163 215 186 126 56
FY2012 25 50 116 181 149 106 64


Population Data for the Youth Services Center and New Beginnings Youth Development Center

The daily population at the Youth Services Center, monthly summary data for the YSC population (average daily population, average length of enrollment, and average daily enrollments), and daily population at the New Beginnings Youth Development Center. The data is from October 1, 2011 to the present and is available for download below. We will update the daily population data every Wednesday.