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Fewer youth behind bars

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National study shows drop in incarceration rates

By Jesef Williams

There’s apparently been a major decline in the number of young people behind bars.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation, a nationwide children’s advocacy group, released data late last month that highlights incarceration rates among people younger than 21. The study took the numbers from a single day in 1997 for the nation and compared those to a single day in 2010.

The same was done for each state and the District of Columbia. The rate per 100,000 youth was used to compute the figures.


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