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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 2014, about 4,200 persons younger than 18 were inmates in jails in the U.S.

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  • From 1990 to 1999, the number of youth under age 18 held in adult jails more than quadrupled, then decreased 56% by 2014.
  • Between 1993 and 2014, the proportion of jail inmates younger than 18 who were held as adults has ranged between 70% and 91%.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/corrections/qa08700.asp?qaDate=2014. Released on December 13, 2015.

Data Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics. Jail Inmates at Midyear 2014. Available from: http://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/jim14.pdf


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