On any given night, nearly 50,000 youth are incarcerated in facilities away from home in the United States. When children are incarcerated at age 17 or younger, 71 percent end up rearrested within three years of release, according to the Department of Justice. The nonprofit Avenues for Justice, an alternative to incarceration program, keeps 97 percent of its clients from returning to prison after a three-year period. The PBS NewsHour’s Tim McPhillips talks to Avenues for Justice and other youth incarceration experts about the support kids need to succeed and what helps break the cycle.
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