Beyond Data: Children in Adult Jail

Data often reduces complex community issues to simple numbers. To understand the many dimensions to an issue, it’s essential to engage community residents.

To bring this data to life, we asked New Orleans residents their thoughts about the children in adult jail in New Orleans. Here’s what they had to say:

What is the true purpose of detaining kids in adult facilities? It’s been proven that not only does this type of incarceration stunt social, educational and emotional development of a child, but studies also show that the recidivism grew by over 30% for kids who were detained…”

– African American Female, Former Opportunity Youth, Youth Engagement Coordinator, Age 24