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Getting to Zero: A 50 State Study of Strategies to Remove Youth from Adult Jails

UCLA school of lawThis report from the UCLA School of Law is a product of the Jail Removal Project, which aims to prevent the short- and long-term adverse health and developmental consequences of youth contact with an adult jail environment by identifying strategies that allow youth to bypass jails. The report aims to reassess the way youth are incarcerated in America by providing the first-ever analysis of three nationwide data sets: tCensus of Jails and Annual Survey of Jails, both conducted by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s Census of Juvenile Residential Placements. The report also summarizes the major legal developments applicable to youth housed in adult jails and provides specific examples from jurisdictions across the country that have made substantial progress toward removing youth from adult jails.