To Protect Our Children and Fight the Coronavirus, Release Youth from Juvenile Detention

Samantha Buckingham

Executive Summary

On April 2, the National Juvenile Defender Center likewise issued a statement on the urgent need to halt new detentions and release all youth who can safely return home to their families or caregivers.

In a national poll, we found broad bipartisan public support for releasing early some youth held in detention:

  • Sixty percent of likely voters support releasing juveniles whose sentences end within the next six months, including fifty-four percent of Republicans.
  • Fifty-eight percent of voters prefer early release to solitary confinement conditions imposed on juveniles during a pandemic, including fifty percent of Republicans.
To Protect Our Children and Fight the Coronavirus, Release Youth from Juvenile Detention
To Protect Our Children and Fight the Coronavirus, Release Youth from Juvenile Detention