Juvenile Confinement Drops by Half

Pew-Charitable-TrustsThis infographic from The Pew Charitable Trusts’ Public Safety Performance Project examines data released by the federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. It shows that from 2006–2015, the rate at which adjudicated youths were sent to out-of-home placements by juvenile courts fell by 50 percent, and declined in states across the country, including decreases of at least 50 percent in 24 states. The nationwide reduction is matched by a 49 percent drop in juvenile violent crime arrests over the same period, and comes as a growing number of states adopt policies that prioritize costly space in residential facilities for youths adjudicated for serious crimes.