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.
The Centers for Disease Control has released the 2011 Youth Risk Behavior survey.
The C-D-C finds that the students from Wyoming align with the rest of the nation when it comes to Drug and Alcohol use, and are better than the national average in areas such as physical fitness, risky sexual behavior and diet, but are worse in areas surrounding violence, unintentional injury and tobacco use.