Youth with disabilities are significantly over-represented in the juvenile
justice system in the United States. Compared with a prevalence rate of 10 to
12% in the public schools, at least 30 to 60% of incarcerated youth have disabilities
and require special education services. While disability does not cause delinquency,
school failure and educational disabilities significantly increase the risk
for involvement with the courts and for incarceration. EDJJ is committed to
understanding and preventing the over-representation of youth with disabilities
in the juvenile justice system.
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