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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.

Jail inmates younger than 18, 1990-2014

Year Number Percent held
as adults
1990 2,301 NA
1991 2,350 NA
1992 2,804 NA
1993 4,300 77%
1994 6,700 76%
1995 7,800 76%
1996 8,100 70%
1997 9,105 77%
1998 8,090 81%
1999 9,458 91%
2000 7,615 80%
2001 7,613 89%
2002 7,248 84%
2003 6,869 80%
2004 7,083 87%
2005 6,759 85%
2006 6,102 79%
2007 6,833 83%
2008 7,703 83%
2009 7,218 81%
2010 7,560 75%
2011 5,900 78%
2012 5,400 85%
2013 4,600 76%
2014 4,200 88%

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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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