15,000 Children in Jail Without a Crime

Fact: There are almost 15,000 children behind bars whose most serious offense was not a crime.

Fact: Of these youth, 12,000 are incarcerated for violating technical terms of parole or probation (rather than a new offense) and 3,000 are incarcerated for, according to the Department of Justice, “behaviors that are not law violations for adults, such as running away, truancy, and incorrigibility.”

SourceMass Incarceration: The Whole Pie, Prison Policy Initiative


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