Juvenile Hall Population

Public Safety

Juvenile Probation Department

The average daily population represents the average number of youth in custody at the Juvenile Hall at a specific time each day.

Generally, youth in detention are arrested for serious and violent felonies, are pending judicial review, have had outstanding bench warrants, have violated probation, or are awaiting placement. The average daily population 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.


The Juvenile Probation Department partners 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.

Community Assessment and Referral Center

The Community Assessment and Referral Center (CARC) is an alternative to detention for first-time offenders. It is managed in conjunction with community-based provider Huckleberry House. 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. 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.

Detention Risk-Assessment Instrument

The Detention Risk-Assessment Instrument (DRI) is a form that uses several factors to guide Duty Officers in determining continued detention of youth offenders. The DRI score indicates whether a youth can be released from custody, pending further court hearings. DRI factors include:

  1. Seriousness of the offense,
  2. Prior offense history,
  3. Aggravating factors,
  4. Mitigating factors, and
  5. Special detention cases.

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 Log Cabin Ranch facility was closed in 2018. Some residents were moved to Juvenile Hall in July 2018.

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.