Fact: Juvenile courts handle approximately 4,600 youth “delinquency” cases each day – about 1.7 million annually. In about 1 out of 5 of these cases, the youth is detained.
Fact: On any given day, approximately 70,000 youth are held in juvenile detention facilities.
Fact: 1 out of 4 youth detention centers is over capacity.
Fact: More than 1 out of 10 youth in detention report sexual assault in the last year.
Fact: 2 out of 3 youth are detained for nonviolent offenses.
Source: Key Facts, Campaign for Youth Justice