Justice and Crime

Nearly 70,000 youth are incarcerated on any given day in America, which leads the world in incarcerating young people—at a rate 10 or 20 times higher than in some industrialized countries. 

  • 40 percent of these youth are confined for nonviolent offenses.
  • Two-thirds are children of color.
  • The U.S. spends about about $100,000 on each detained youth, and $6 billion on juvenile corrections annually.
  • 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.


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.