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Juveniles in Corrections
Juveniles in Adult Jails and Prisons
Q: How many youth age 17 or younger are held in adult jails?
A: On a typical day in 2017, about 3,600 persons younger than 18 were inmates in jails in the U.S.
Note: Estimates for 1993 through 2014, and 2017 are midyear; estimates for 2015 and 2016 are year-end.

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  • From 1990 to 1999, the number of youth under age 18 held in adult jails more than quadrupled, then decreased 62% by 2017.
  • Between 1993 and 2017, the proportion of jail inmates younger than 18 who were held as adults ranged between 70% and 89%.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/corrections/qa08700.asp?qaDate=2017. Released on June 24, 2019.

Data Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics. Prison and Jail Inmates at Midyear series for 1998, 1999, 2002, 2003, & 2004; Jail Inmates at Midyear 2014, Jail Inmates in 2015, and Jail Inmates in 2017. Available from: http://www.bjs.gov/

 

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