Last week, Policy Watch revealed that officials in North Carolina did not know how many children were currently in adult jails. Part of the reason they are in the dark is because North Carolina is the last state in the nation to consider anyone ages 16 or older an adult in the criminal justice system.
Here are some more numbers about kids in lockup:
Dec. 1, 2019 — the day North Carolina will raise the age of juvenile jurisdiction from 16 to 18
$70.9 million — the estimated annual cost to taxpayers per year to raise the age of juvenile jurisdiction
$123.1 million — reoccurring benefits to youth, victims, and taxpayers over the long term from raise the age legislation
10 percent — the estimated reduction in rate of recidivism once raise the age legislation is implemented in North Carolina
5,500 — the estimated number of youth who will be saved from entering the adult criminal justice system once raise the age is implemented
11,630 — the number of school-based delinquency requests in 2016 across the state
42 percent — the portion of juvenile complaints made up of school-based delinquency requests in 2016
76 percent — the percentage of youths committed to youth detention centers who are African-American despite the fact that African-Americans made up just 25 percent of the population under 18 in 2016
5,689 — the number of teens prosecuted in North Carolina in 2014
12,303 — the number of juveniles against whom complaints were filed in North Carolina in 2016
200,000 — the number of youth who enter the criminal justice system each year in the U.S.
36 times — the amount more likely youth housed in adult jails are to commit suicide than youth housed in juvenile detention facilities
4,200 — number of youth under the age of 18 who are locked up in adult jails across the U.S.
1,300 — number of youth under the age of 18 who are locked up in adult prisons across the U.S.
Unknown — number of youth under the age of 18 who are locked up in adult jails in North Carolina
74 — number of youth under the age of 18 currently locked up in adult prisons in North Carolina (as of last week)
*****Sources: The Campaign for Youth Justice and the Youth Justice Project