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. 

February 5, 2013

KIDS COUNT Data Snapshots

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    How kids committing crimes are being treated and the affect on repeat offenders.

  2. 2

    Which kids are being locked up and why.

  3. 3

    What it will take to continue the humane treatment of youth offenders.

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

Statements & Quotations