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.
In This Youth Incarceration Infographic, You'll Learn
Which states are leading the country with reduced rates of youth incarceration
How the lock-up rates break down by race
What jurisdictions can do as cost-effective and humane alternatives to locking up kids
Key Juvenile Incarceration Takeaway
Findings & Youth Incarceration Statistics
Decrease in Youth Incarceration Across the Board
The decline in youth incarceration rates run across all 5 of the largest racial groups.
Largest Drops in Juvenile Incarceration
The biggest declines occurred among Asian/Pacific Islander and Latino youth.
Majority of Offenses
The overwhelming majority of kids in lock up are held for nonviolent offenses.
Juvenile Incarceration Statements & Quotations
The recent de-incarceration trend provides a unique opportunity to implement responses to delinquency that are more cost-effective and humane, and provide better outcomes for youth, their families and communities.
The relatively small number of youth for whom confinement is justified need facilities that can provide a humane and developmentally appropriate setting in which their delinquent behavior can be treated effectively.