Russell County sees significant improvement in youth detention

New data released by Kentucky Youth Advocates shows a significant improvement in Russell County in the number of incarcerated youth.

According to the Kentucky Kids Count Report, the rate of Russell County youth incarcerated in the juvenile detention system dropped from 17.4 per 1,000 children ages 10-17 in the years 2014-2016, to 4 per 1,000 in the years 2019-2021.

That ranks as 7th fewest among Kentucky counties.

Russell County is much lower than the state rate, which sits at 13.7 per 1,000.

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