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.

February 26, 2013

In This Youth Incarceration Infographic, You'll Learn

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    Which states are leading the country with reduced rates of youth incarceration

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    How the lock-up rates break down by race

  3. 3

    What jurisdictions can do as cost-effective and humane alternatives to locking up kids

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