Reducing Youth Incarceration in the United States

A KIDS COUNT Data Snapshot

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

February 5, 2013

Summary

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. 

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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.

Findings & Stats

White vs. Minorities

The disparities in youth confinement rates point to a system that penalizes youth of color more than similar white youth.

Statements & Quotations