- Approximately 107,000 youth (younger than 18) are incarcerated on any given day.
- Of these, approximately 14,500 are housed in adult facilities. The largest proportion, approximately 9,100 youth, are housed in local jails, and some 5,400 youth are housed in adult prisons.
- Of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, 44 house juveniles (age 17 and younger) in adult jails and prisons.
- In recent years, the number of youth in jails has escalated, while the number in prisons has stabilized or declined.
- The actual number of youth who experience incarceration in an adult prison is much higher than the number shown by a 1-day count, with an estimated 13,876 juvenile state prison admissions in 1997. There are no current estimates of the number of youth admitted to jails each year.
- In terms of their legal status while incarcerated, 21 percent were held as adjudicated juvenile offenders or pretrial detainees, and 75 percent were sentenced as adults