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A Tale of Two Jurisdictions: Youth Crime and Detention Rates in Maryland the District of Columbia

Several hundred thousand youth churn through our nation’s detention facilities each year – youth who have been arrested, but not convicted, of any charges. The use of detention has increased substantially over the past decade, as detention populations grew by 38 percent between 1987 and 1996. Overcrowding in juvenile detention facilities is common. Over 70 percent of the detention facilities in America are over their capacity.

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