We updated our Zero Youth Detention Data Dashboard to reflect the number of youth in detention for the second quarter of 2019.
With this new data, the 2019 “average daily population” – the average number of young people who are incarcerated in King County on any given day in a year – is now the lowest in King County history, at 41.8 average daily population for the first six months of 2019.
Youth of color and youth who are Native continue to be disproportionately represented in secure detention compared to white youth. In the first six months of 2019, youth of color and youth who are Native are 7.3 times more likely to be incarcerated compared to white youth in King County.
As we note the reduction of young people in secure detention, it’s important to recognize the human lives and societal inequities these numbers represent. “This is over 40 young people on average each day who are living in jail, and for each of these young people, there are innumerable family and community members who are feeling the cumulative impacts,” says Derrick Wheeler-Smith, Zero Youth Detention Director. “These racial disparities are a direct reflection of systemic racism not just within our legal system, but operating at every level of society in the U.S.” Read more about how we’re leading with racial equity, and examples of how we’re identifying and eliminating legal policies that contribute to racial disproportionality.
This is a partial update of the Data Dashboard. We anticipate updating the other metrics in the Data Dashboard near the end of the year, when this data becomes available.