Youth Incarceration Rates in the United States

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

February 26, 2013


Although the United States still leads the industrialized world in its youth incarceration rates, the lock-up rate is rapidly declining. This two-page infographic presents a wealth of juvenile incarceration statistics underscoring the sea change in youth confinement that is underway.

Key Juvenile Incarceration Takeaway

Since 1995, the lock up rate for kids has dropped 41%. Black youth are nearly 5 times as likely to be incarcerated as their white peers.

Findings & Youth Incarceration Statistics

Juvenile Incarceration Statements & Quotations