Fact: Over 4,300 people died in custody of local jails and state prisons in 2012.
Fact: 31% of deaths were attributed to suicide according to Department of Justice Figures.
Fact: Suicide was the leading cause of death.
Source: Mortality in Local Jails and State Prisons, 2000-2012; Bureau of Justice Statistics
Fact: Youth in adult prisons are 19 times as likely to commit suicide as youth in the general population and 36 times as likely to commit suicide as youth in a juvenile detention facility.
Fact: Youth in adult prisons comprise a disproportionately high percentage of prisoner-on-prisoner violence.
Fact: Both the Centers for Disease Control and Department of Justice have concluded that prosecuting youths as adults has little or no deterrent on youth crime.
Fact: Transferring youth to adult prisons increases their recidivism rate by more than 30%.
Fact: 40% of adult jails provide no education services at all.
Source: Fact Sheet, Campaign for Youth Justice