Unbalanced Juvenile Justice

The Burns Institute is in pursuit of an equitable and excellent juvenile justice system. A system used sparingly and appropriately.  We know that our current juvenile justice system is not equitable, excellent, or used sparingly and appropriately. More than 61,000 youth were incarcerated on any given night in 2011, most (75 percent) for non-violent offenses. The majority (65 percent) were youth of color.  Learn more »

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State White Black Latino Native American Asian Other All youth of color All youth
  • *The youth population (age 10 to upper age of jurisdiction) in this state is less than 100,000. Some of the smallest states may have the highest rates of incarceration and/or disparity gaps, while detaining or committing the fewest number of youth of color. See our Measurements page for more information about using multiple measurements to understand the problem and interpreting these data within context.

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Our website is populated by data provided to us by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). Continue reading for details about the One-day count and Annual decision points data.

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