Youth in Prison

Fact: As of 2012, over 2,500 juveniles are serving life without parole in the United States.

Fact: The United States is the only country in the world that allows children to get life in prison.

Fact: America incarcerates juveniles at five times the rate of the next closest country (South Africa) and 100 times the rate of comparable countries.

Fact: Only 26% of incarcerated youth committed a violent crime.

Sources: ACLU, End Juvenile Life Without Parole; AECF, No Place for Kids

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