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Report: Wisconsin teens incarcerated drops 43% in last decade

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin is one of nine states that dramatically reduced its numbers of teens in detention centers during the last decade.

That’s according to a report issued Tuesday by the National Juvenile Justice Network and the Center for Effective Justice in Texas.

The report said the numbers of incarcerated youths dropped by 43 percent from 2001 through 2010. That’s 4 percent more than the national decline of 39 percent.

Back in 2000, the Badger State had 109,000 juveniles who were held in detention centers either awaiting trials, or found delinquent by judges. That number dropped to 66,000 by the end of 2010.

Wisconsin and the other 8 states all had huge increases in incarcerated youths from 1985 through 2000.

Jim Moeser of the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families said the drop in teen detentions was due to strategic reforms at the state and local level which provided services to youths and families instead of just incarcerations.

The other states recognized today were Washington, New York, Mississippi, Illinois, Texas, Ohio, California, and Connecticut.