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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
    national average.
  • 77% of female and serious juvenile offenders in Hawai‘i have
    failed academically.
    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.

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