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Administrator Harp poses for a picture with Do the Write Thing Challenge national ambassadors.     

On July 16, 2018, OJJDP Administrator Caren Harp participated in the National Campaign to Stop Violence's Do The Write Thing Challenge ceremony at the U.S. Supreme Court. Administrator Harp commended challenge finalists from middle schools in 24 cities on their stand against violence and assured them of the Office's commitment to safeguard youth and their communities.

Learn more about this year's ceremony and read excerpts from the students' winning essays.

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In 2016, on any given day, 1,772 juvenile residential facilities in the United States were holding 45,567 juveniles. Private facilities accounted for less than half of all facilities in 2016 and held just 29 percent of all offenders. Additional information on facilities by classification, size, and crowding detail for 2000 to 2016 is available from OJJDP's Juvenile Residential Facility Census Databook.