Although the United States still leads the industrialized world in the rate at which it locks up young people, the youth confinement rate in the US is rapidly declining. This table shows rates of confined youth by ethnicity per state.
Although youthful offenders account for about 18 percent of all federal offenders sentenced between fiscal years 2010 and 2015, there is little current information published about them. In this publication, the United States Sentencing Commission presents information about youthful offenders, who for purposes of this report are defined as persons age 25 or younger at the time they are sentenced in the federal system (p. 1).
If your organization is looking for strategies to meet the needs of youthful offenders, you need to watch this video. It provides a wealth of information about this vulnerable population in a concise amount of time. “The program provides an overview of CSOSA’s [Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency’s] young adult efforts based on national best practice standards. The program will discuss: The findings of national best practice research; How CSOSA chooses youthful high risk adult offenders based on risk instruments with a focus on violence, weapons, sex offenses, drug use and previous violations while under community supervision; CSOSA efforts to focus on the treatment of young adults and CSOSA efforts to focus on the supervision of young adults.”