Wyoming has the second-highest juvenile incarceration rate in the nation, according to a report released yesterday by Wyoming Kids Count. Statistically, 440 per 100,000 of Wyoming youth are in correctional custody, a number surpassed only by South Dakota. Marc Homer, director of Wyoming Kids Count, said that although Wyoming's youth incarceration rate actually declined by 12 percent, there are still way too many kids behind bars.
The report points out most states have changed their policies regarding juvenile criminals because detention centers are expensive and they don't work. Homer is also in favor of alternative forms of rehabilitation, especially for non-violent offenders.
The entire report, entitled, “Reducing Youth Incarceration in the United States,” is available here.