We updated our Zero Youth Detention Data Dashboard to reflect the number of youth in detention through the third quarter of 2019. The addition of this third quarter data leaves the 2019 data nearly unchanged from our last update for January – June 2019, which we reported on in October.
The “average daily population” (ADP) for the first nine months of 2019 – the average number of young people who are incarcerated in King County on any given day in the time period – went down very slightly, from 41.8 youth in the first six months of 2019 to 41.7 for the first nine months of 2019. This continues the trend we previously reported of juvenile ADP being the lowest in King County history.
Youth of color and youth who are Native continue to be disproportionately represented in secure detention in King County compared to white youth. Rates of racial disproportionality improved very slightly with the addition of quarter three 2019 data, but it is still a major problem. In the first nine months of 2019, youth of color and youth who are Native are 7.1 times more likely to be incarcerated compared to white youth in King County.
This is a partial update of the Data Dashboard. We anticipate updating the other metrics in the Data Dashboard in early 2020, when this data becomes available.