There Are Still 80 ‘Youth Prisons’ in the U.S. Here Are Five Things to Know About Them
The Marshall Project
March 3, 2016

“Over the past 15 years, the number of incarcerated juveniles in the U.S. has plummeted from about 76,000 to fewer than 36,000. Youths who were once sent away to reformatories, training schools, and other large, prison-like facilities are increasingly being offered alternatives closer to home, such as electronic monitoring, probation and counseling.

“Still, about 80 of those big, aging institutions remain open for business, according to a report released Thursday by Youth First, an organization that advocates less punitive treatment for juveniles. This map pinpoints each prison’s location.”

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