National Juvenile Justice Network Policy Platform: Conditions of Confinement

June 21, 2010

On any given day, nearly 93,000 youth are held in residential placement facilities. In addition, almost 7,000 youth are held in adult jails and more than 2,000 in adult prisons each day. Far too many of these youth are subjected to poor living conditions, maltreatment, and/or abuse. Overcrowding is endemic, particularly in larger institutions, and often exacerbates already unsafe and inappropriate conditions of confinement.