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KIDS COUNT Data Snapshot: Reducing Youth Incarceration in the United States
Feb 27, 2013
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The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT Data Snapshot: Reducing Youth Incarceration in the United States shows the youth incarceration rate in the United States is rapidly declining, hitting a 35-year low in 2010. However, the U.S. still has the highest rate of youth incarceration in the industrialized world, and the vast majority (3 in 4) of the country’s incarcerated youth are held for non-violent offenses. The report highlights that while juvenile corrections facilities are enormously costly to operate, they often put youth at risk for injury and abuse, and are largely ineffective in reducing recidivism.California has more incarcerated youth (11,532 total or 271 per 100,000 youth) than any other state in the nation. Only 10 states, including Wyoming, South Dakota, and West Virginia, have higher youth incarceration rates than California.
The publication also recommends ways to continue reducing reliance on incarceration and improve the odds for young people involved in the justice system.
Children Now is The Annie E. Casey KIDS COUNT grantee for the state of California.