Juveniles in Jail

Fact: The juvenile prison population in America is approximately 71,000. Around 11,600 are imprisoned for “technical violations” of their probation or parole terms, rather than committing a new crime.

Fact: In 11 states, juvenile prisoners who are in jail because of parole or probation violations outnumber those for crimes against other people.

Fact: In 49 states, less than 50% of juvenile prisoners are imprisoned for crimes committed against people. Only in Massachusetts do juveniles imprisoned for crimes committed against people comprise a majority of juvenile prisoners.

Fact: At least 3,000 juvenile prisoners are locked up for things that are not a crime for adults, like “truancy” or “incorrigibility.”

Source: The Economist, America’s Prison Population  

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