New Study Finds Big Decline In Number Of Juvenile Inmates

By Alexandra Hill, WBGO News
February 28, 2013

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A new study reveals the number of teens in jails in New Jersey is way down.

The report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation finds that the number of juveniles behind bars dropped by half between 1997 and 2010. Bart Lubow, director of the foundation, says a decrease in petty crimes like theft along with a change in attitudes about how to deal with the kids who get involved in these types of crimes have lead to its decline.

“The fact that crime has been down has given folks who work in the system as well as folks who make the law the space to have a much more rational debate about how we deal with teenagers who run afoul of the law.”

Lubow says the decline can also be attributed to New Jersey’s participation in programs that provide alternatives to prison.


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