Research Shows 10-Year Nationwide Decline in Youth in Custody in the Justice System

Aug 15, 2008, 01:00 ET from National Council on Crime and Delinquency

    OAKLAND, Calif., Aug. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A review of data
 from OJJDP shows that overall numbers and rates of custody for youth have
 declined nationwide in the decade since 1997. NCCD examined custody trends
 by individual states, gender, race/ethnicity, and offense type. The data
 come from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
     Some of the findings are as follows:
     -- Nationwide, the decrease in youth custody from 1997 to 2006 was 12%.
 From the peak in 1999, the decrease was 14%.
     -- The decline in youth in custody is not attributable to youth being
 processed in the adult system; those numbers declined as well.
     -- Adult custody increased dramatically during this same period.
     -- Direction and amount of change varied among the states from an
 extreme increase of 108% in Idaho, to an extreme decrease of 49% in
     -- The number of boys in placement decreased 13% from 1997 to 2006; the
 number of girls decreased only 2%.
     A copy of this report is available on NCCD's website at:
     Barry Krisberg, President, of NCCD is available to comment on these
 findings and other aspects of youth custody trends. He can be reached at
 510-208-0500 x311,

SOURCE National Council on Crime and Delinquency