Youth Injustice, Part III

Fact: Juvenile courts handle approximately 4,600 youth “delinquency” cases each day – about 1.7 million annually.  In about 1 out of 5 of these cases, the youth is detained.

Fact: On any given day, approximately 70,000 youth are held in juvenile detention facilities.

Fact: 1 out of 4 youth detention centers is over capacity.

Fact: More than 1 out of 10 youth in detention report sexual assault in the last year.

Fact: 2 out of 3 youth are detained for nonviolent offenses.

Source: Key Facts, Campaign for Youth Justice

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