Juvenile Detention Explained

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Annie E. Casey Foundation on 11/13/2020

Every day, thousands of young people in the United States are held in juvenile detention facilities while their cases are handled in court. Despite steady declines over the past two decades, more than 15,000 young people were held in detention centers on any given night in 2017, the latest year for which federal data are available.

With so many young people moving in and out of detention centers as they await legal actions on their cases, it’s worth asking: What exactly is juvenile detention and how can being detained affect a young person?