California is a national leader in reducing the number of juvenile offenders incarcerated in state and county lockups, reports the Associated Press. Driven by budget cuts, lawsuits and research, the state reduced the number of youths in correctional facilities by 41 percent between 2000 and 2010. About 9,800 youths were in state and county custody in 2010, down from a peak of 17,551 in 2000. The number continues to drop.
The statistics were included in a report by the National Juvenile Justice Network and the Texas Public Policy Foundation. The report cited California and eight others states that have dramatically reduced juvenile incarceration. The others are Connecticut, Illinois, Ohio, Mississippi, New York, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin.