The Dangers of Incarcerating Youth in Adult Jails in America

Provides a summary of the risks that youth face when incarcerated in adult jails, facts and figures about how many youth are incarcerated in jails nationwide, and a review of the limited federal and state laws protecting youth in jails. Key findings show that every day in America, an average of 7,500 youth are incarcerated in adult jails and tens of thousands of youth every year are not covered by federal protections originally designed to protect children from the dangers of adult jails.