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.”