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NH Follows Trend: 41 Percent Drop in Youth Incarceration Rate

February 28, 2013

CONCORD, N.H. - Fewer young people in the U.S. are going to jail, according to a new report released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which found that the rate of youth incarceration dropped by 41 percent from 1995 through 2010 nationwide. Ellen Fineberg, who heads the Children's Alliance of New Hampshire, said the state is keeping pace with the national trend away from locking-up young people.

"There are 69 fewer individuals placed," she said, "and that shows a 37 percent decrease between 1997 and 2010."

"Reducing Youth Incarceration in the United States" reported that America incarcerates 225 out of every 100,000 young people.

Laura Speer, associate director of policy and research with the Casey Foundation, said crime rates have also fallen sharply as New Hampshire and the nation have moved away from locking up young people.

"We've gotten to where we are because the research is pretty clear that incarcerating young people," she said, "especially those who don't pose a demonstrable public safety risk, is not a smart thing to do. It doesn't work."

Nationwide, the report found that three out of four young people in detention are there for non-violent offenses. Fineberg said she is glad to see both New Hampshire and the nation moving away from detention.

"We always believe that it's is better to keep youth in their community, close to their families," she said, "and in the system that can help support them, rather than isolating them in institutional settings."

According to the report, children of color are far more likely to be placed in detention. The report is available at

Mike Clifford, Public News Service - NH