Justice and Crime

The United States leads the world in incarcerating young people. Every year, juvenile courts handle an estimated 1.7 million cases in which a youth is charged with a delinquency offense. 

  • While more than 40 percent of adult offenders return to prison within three years, it estimated that as many as 75 percent of youth released from juvenile correctional facilities are rearrested within three years.
  • The U.S. spends about $6 billion on juvenile corrections each year. 

 

Some Solutions

Center for Employment Opportunities helps people recently convicted of crimes or released from prison—over 35 percent of them ages 18-25—find and keep jobs, reducing their rate of recidivism.

Children’s Institute, Inc. provides services that reduce gang activity among youth involved in gangs and/or the juvenile justice system in impoverished neighborhoods in Los Angeles, CA.

Good Shepherd Services  provides comprehensive services to at-risk youth and families in New York City that include intensive short-term interventions to prevent youth from entering the juvenile justice system.

PACE Center for Girls helps young women at risk in Florida gain the skills and knowledge to stay out of the state's juvenile justice system and lead healthy, productive lives.

Youth Guidance conducts a program, Becoming a Man, that helps young males in distressed Chicago public schools develop social and cognitive skills that reduce anti-social behavior, school dropouts and gang violence.

Youth Villages provides a continuum of evidence-based in-home and residential programs that help youth involved in the the juvenile justice system straighten out their lives.