Despite Progress, Too Many Youth of Color are Still Locked Up

In the last decade, the number of youth confined in secure facilities has dropped significantly, yet the proportion of youth of color who are confined has increased, according to a report released this week by the National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD). The rate of youth in confinement dropped 41 percent from 2001 to 2011. But, while youth of color represented 68 percent of the sentenced juvenile justice population in 2002, they represented more than 81 percent of that population by 2012.

NCCD, a Public Welfare Foundation grantee, talked to juvenile justice stakeholders and experts, “about what policies and best practices contributed to the youth deincarceration trends happening in their jurisdictions.” According to NCCD, through this process, “we learned a lot about what worked, what did not, and what still needs to be done.”

Eight reports are being released during the month of April, along with several blogs written by experts in the juvenile justice field. The reports and blogs can be found here.


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