Wyoming is locking up fewer young people than it did nearly 15 years ago according to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
The Foundation analyzed federal census data of incarcerated youth from 1995 to 2010. The results show a marked decrease of over 40% fewer youth in confinement across the country with no decrease in public safety. Wyoming’s rate is down by 12% since 1997.
KidsCount Director Marc Homer says while the new numbers are positive, the state is still lagging when it comes to implementing effective reform.