Brief Data Snapshot of Youth Incarceration in Kansas: 2020 Update
Colette Marcellin, Samantha Harvell, Hanna Love
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Youth incarceration in Kansas has changed significantly in the past several years. Following comprehensive reform legislation passed in 2016, youth incarceration fell 24 percent, allowing the state to close one of its two youth prisons and invest resulting savings in community-based alternatives for youth. On an average day in 2019, Kansas incarcerated about 300 youth in juvenile correctional facilities and other out-of-home placements. Despite reductions in youth incarceration, racial and ethnic disparities persist. This data snapshot explores youth incarceration in Kansas and provides data to state partners working with the YouthFirst Initiative, a national advocacy campaign supporting state juvenile justice reform efforts.

Research Areas Crime, justice, and safety Children and youth
Tags Corrections Juvenile justice Delinquency and crime Mass incarceration Youth development
Policy Centers Justice Policy Center