New Hampshire has the fourth-lowest percentage of young people in jail.
That’s according to a study released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The study released Wednesday uses Census data and finds that nationwide, incarceration of people under 21 years old reached a 35-year low in 2010.
In New Hampshire, the rate of incarceration dropped 37 percent from 1995 to 2010.
Ellen Fineberg with the Children's Alliance of New Hampshire says the Granite State’s low rate is good news because of the long-term effects of imprisonment.
“They found that youth who’ve been locked up have higher alcohol and substance abuse rates and a greater chance of run-ins with the law as adults.”
The study shows that while youth imprisonment nationwide is on the decline, African-American youth continued to be imprisoned at a far higher rate than white and Hispanic youth.