Juvenile Imprisonment Drop Could Help Adult Reforms, If Crime Doesn’t Rise


The 12-year, 53 percent drop in juvenile incarceration is sustainable and a model for reform of the adult criminal justice system, experts tell the Christian Science Monitor. “I think once you have a 12-year trend, it sort of feels like it's not just a blip,” says Jake Horowitz of the Pew Charitable Trusts’ Public Safety Performance Project,which issued the analysis of data from the U.S. Justice Department's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Pew said the incarceration rate dropped by 50 percent or more in 26 states. The rate increased only in North Dakota and the District of Columbia.

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