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Child Incarceration Statistics

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Child Incarceration StatisticsData
Total number of children incarcerated each year1,900,000
Number of children detained on any given day70,000
Number of children being held each day awaiting their court trials25,000
Number of minors housed in adult prisons on any given day10,000
Cost of incarcerating a minor for one year$88,000
Total spent annually on juvenile corrections$6,000,000,000
Cost of educating a minor for one year$12,500
Percent rearrested for a new crime (misdemeanor or felony) within 3 years59.6 %
Rate of minors under either detention or correctional custody336 of every 100,000
Percent of minors under correctional custody being held in locked long-term facilities40 %
Percent of minors who are incarcerated for non-violent offenses74.1 %
Percent of incarcerated minors who never finish high school65 %
Number of states that had juvenile facility violent/abusive conditions clearly documented since 200021
Percent of American citizens who have at least one arrest by age 1814 %
Percent of American citizens who have at least one arrest by age 2324 %
Child Incarceration by Type of OffensePercent
All Violent Offenses25.9 %
Homicide0.9 %
Rape / Sexual Assault8 %
Robbery8.6 %
Aggravated Assault8.5 %
All Non-Violent Offenses74.1 %
Property Offenses25.9 %
Technical Violations11.7 %
Other Person Offenses10.9 %
Public Order Offenses2.8 %
Drug Offenses8.6 %
Status Offenses4.1 %
Child Incarceration Rate by CountryPer 100,000 Youth Population
USA336
South Africa69
New Zealand68
Netherlands51.3
England & Wales46.8
Scotland33
Australia24.9
Germany23.1
France18.6
Italy11.3
Sweden4.1
Finland3.6
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Statistic Sources & References
Sources: Equal Justice Initiative, Hazel, Neal, Cross-National Comparison of Youth Justice, Sickmund
Content Author: Statistic Brain

Date research was conducted: September 6, 2016

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