The Sentencing Commission issued a report on demographics, charging, and sentencing of youthful offenders in the federal criminal justice system. The report defines a “youthful offender” as a defendant age 25 or younger. Even though this definition include offenders under age 18, the number of defendants under age 18 is inconsequential. Between 2010 and 2015 there were only 52 offender under age 18. You can access the report HERE.
Key findings from the report are:
– 18% of the federal offender population between 2010 and 2015 was age 25 or younger
– The majority of youthful offenders are Hispanic (57.8%)
– Almost 92% of the offenses committed by youthful offenders were non-violent offenses.
– The most common offenses that youthful offenders committed were drug trafficking (30.9%), immigration (28.6%), and firearms offenses (13.7%)
– The average sentence for youthful offenders was 34.9 months
– Youthful offenders were more likely to be sentenced within the guidelines range
– Youthful offenders recidivated at a higher rate that their older counterparts – about 67% versus 41%