The National Center on Education, Disability and Juvenile Justice



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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