February 5, 2013
We join with the Annie E. Casey Foundation in raising awareness of the declining youth incarceration rate in the United States. In its latest KIDS COUNT data snapshot, the Casey Foundation finds that the rate of young people locked up because of trouble with the law dropped more than 40 percent over a 15-year period, with no decrease in public safety. The snapshot indicates that the number of young people in correctional facilities on a single day fell to 70,792 in 2010, from a high of 107,637 in 1995. The publication also recommends ways to continue reducing reliance on incarceration and improve the odds for young people involved in the justice system.