INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - State officials say the rate of youths who return to
Indiana prisons within three years of release has dropped.
The Indiana Department of Correction and its Division of Youth Services
cited the decrease in a study that showed about a third of the youth
offenders released in 2009 had been imprisoned again in 2012. The rate
peaked at nearly 40 percent in 2010.
Officials say the youth services division was set up to provide services to
help young prisoners successfully re-enter society. The agency has also
worked with courts to reduce the number of juvenile offenders sent to prison
and has taken steps to reduce the lengths of their stays behind bars. The
population of juveniles in Indiana prisons has dropped from almost 1,000 in
2008 to about 500 today.