LGBQ Youth Disproportionately Incarcerated in the U.S. Juvenile Justice System

By Bianca D.M. Wilson, Sid P. Jordan, Ilan H. Meyer, Andrew R. Flores, Lara Stemple, and Jody L. Herman
April 2017

A new study shows that sexual minority youth are incarcerated at disproportionately high rates, and are subsequently more likely to be held for long periods of time and experience sexual victimization.

Key findings include:

  • Lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) youth make up 12.2% of youth in correction facilities, while best estimates show that only 6% to 8% of youth in the general population identify as LGB.
  • Almost 60% of incarcerated girls are sexual minorities.
  • Sexual minority youth are 2 to 3 times more likely to be held in custody for more than a year compared to heterosexual youth.
  • Gay and bisexual boys were nearly 11 times more likely that straight boys to report having experience sexual violence by peers.







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