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Hawaii’s Youth Crisis
- More than 5,000 youth are in Hawaii’s juvenile justice system
with fewer than 65 juvenile probation officers.
- Hawaii’s female juvenile arrest rate is nearly 50% higher than the
- 77% of female and serious juvenile offenders in Hawai‘i have
81% are chronic truants. 83% have negative peer groups.
- 1 in 8 Hawaii public high school student drops out or fails to graduate.
95% of adjudicated youth drop out when re-entering school.
- Drop outs are likely to be unemployed, live in poverty and
in poor health and are 8 times more likely to wind up in jail.
- It costs Hawaii Taxpayers an average of $152,000 to
incarcerate one youth for one year.
- The cost to society for each dropout who moves to a life of
- crime or drugs is between $1.7 and $2.3 million.