Juvenile Hall Population

Public Safety

Juvenile Probation Department

Result: Average daily Juvenile Hall population of 43

The Average Daily Population (ADP) is the number of youth in custody at the Juvenile Hall at a specific time each day and is reported by month. Generally, youth in detention are arrested for serious and violent felonies and are pending judicial review, have had outstanding bench warrants, have violated probation, or are awaiting placement. The ADP does not measure the needs of the youth in the facility or the length of stay. All alternatives to secure detention are considered prior to the minor being transported to Juvenile Hall.


How Juvenile Probation is Performing

The steady decline in the ADP indicates a reduction of Juvenile crime in San Francisco, referral of first time offenders to Community Assessment and Referral Center (CARC), and use of a Detention Risk assessment tool. CARC is run in conjunction with community-based provider Huckleberry House, and is an alternative to detention. It serves young people ages 11-17 arrested for a variety of misdemeanors and provides a single point of entry for crisis intervention, assessment, services integration, referral, and mentoring of arrested youth. Offenders are brought to CARC in police custody, and youths meet with a probation officer for intake, a licensed psychology technician to identify any physical or mental health crisis, and a case manager, who conducts a voluntary assessment. Youths who continue with diversion programs at CARC and successfully complete programming are diverted from the Juvenile Justice System.

Youths who are not suitable for CARC are taken into custody at Juvenile Hall where they have an initial Probation Officer review and if applicable, subsequent Judicial review.

The Detention Risk-Assessment Instrument (DRI) is a form that uses several factors to guide Duty Officers in determining continued detention of youth offenders. Factors are: 1) Seriousness of the offense, 2) Prior offense history, 3) Aggravating factors, 4) Mitigating factors, and 5) Special detention cases. The DRI score indicates whether a youth can be released from custody, pending further court hearings.

The Juvenile Probation Department has also partnered with the City’s Human Services Agency to conduct targeted interventions with youth—including foster children—at-risk of entering the juvenile justice system. Interventions are designed to keep youths in their homes and avoid out-of-home placements, including Juvenile Hall.

Please note: The Log Cabin Rach facility was closed in 2018. Some residents were moved to Juvenile Hall in July 2018. The total population count will increase, therefore, until a new location is found for these youth.

How Performance is Measured

The count of youth in custody at Juvenile Hall is conducted daily. The Juvenile Hall Population is a monthly average of the number of beds occupied per day at San Francisco’s Juvenile Hall.

The number displayed on the scorecard page represents a fiscal year average of the values in the chart above.

Additional Information

Learn more about San Francisco's Juvenile Probation Department.


Please visit DataSF for the scorecard data.