Reducing Youth Incarceration in the United States

A KIDS COUNT Data Snapshot

Posted February 5, 2013
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation
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Although the United States still leads the industrialized world in its incarceration rate of young people, the lock-up rate is rapidly declining. This 4-page snapshot presents statistics underscoring the sea change in how we treat juvenile offenders. 

Findings & Stats

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Key Takeaway

Since 1995, the lock-up rate for kids has dropped 41%, reaching all regions of the U.S.

In 2010 the lock-up rate for juveniles reached a 35-year low, even as crime fell sharply.