While there are many factors that influence the public safety outcomes for youth in the District of Columbia, the data for the first eight months of calendar year 2012 show clear and significant public safety gains for youth committed to the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services. In 2012, arrests of youth committed to DYRS are down in all offense categories. So too, is the average number of youth that are on runaway status on any given day. In addition, in the first seven months of 2012, no youth committed to DYRS has been arrested for homicide or been the victim of homicide. Going forward, DYRS is confident that continued refinement of its institutions and community-based services will contribute to long-term public safety gains.
Re-Arrest Rates are Down for DYRS Youth. District Arrests, CY 2011-2012, January through August. Violent Offenses are down 34%, Drug Offenses are down 48%, Property Offenses are down 39 %, Other Offenses are down 40% and All Arrests are down 39%.