Youth in detention and rehabilitative facilities

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Why This Indicator Matters

Communities across America are impacted by the negative effects of juvenile delinquency. Juvenile delinquency is a legal term that refers to any offense in violation of the state, federal or local law by a person under the age of 18. There are a number of juvenile justice intervention programs designed to reduce delinquency, ease overcrowding in juvenile detention center and to reduce dependence on residential treatment programs by young people considered delinquent.

To address these issues, states establish divisions to provide services to youth who have been delinquent and ordered by the court system to receive special attention. In Delaware, the Division of Youth Rehabilitative Services provides secure detention in special care facilities, 24-hour custodial care and treatment for incarcerated and adjudicated youth. The Division also provides, through secure care, appropriate education, treatment, counseling, recreation, vocational training, medical care and family-focused case management for youth in secure residential facilities. All services are aimed at decreasing recidivism and increasing public safety in order to reduce juvenile delinquency and create more secure communities.
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