Data Snapshot of Youth Incarceration in Kansas

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Data Snapshot of Youth Incarceration in Kansas

Abstract

Despite considerable declines in its youth prison population, Kansas is still ranked 5th highest in the country in youth incarceration; on an average day in 2016 the state incarcerated nearly 1,000 youth. Youth prisons cost Kansas more than $25 million annually, accounting for 70 percent of its juvenile services budget and yielding poor return on investment. More than 40 percent of youth released from incarceration in 2010 were re-incarcerated within three years. This data snapshot explores youth incarceration in Kansas, providing data to state partners working with the YouthFirst! Initiative, a national advocacy campaign supporting state juvenile justice reform efforts.

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