Data on incarceration indicate that despite decreases in enrollment in juvenile institutions, the United States incarcerates more youth per capita than any other developed nation. Research continues to show racial and ethnic disparities between who gets incarcerated and who does not, reinforcing the discrimination and harm of incarceration. Our team contributed a chapter, “Alternatives to Juvenile Incarceration,” to the Handbook of Issues in Criminal Justice Reform in the United States. The chapter summarizes incarceration alternatives, such as Day Reporting Centers (DRCs) at residential facilities that allow youth to avoid incarceration. Our chapter concludes with recommendations for juvenile justice reform.

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