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06. Prison System
07. Juveniles Held (rate)
"JUVENILES Held (rate)" means the percentage of juveniles held in Prisons, Penal institutions, Correctional institutions or detention centers for juveniles on a specified day, and should exclude non-criminal minors held for administrative purposes, including minor persons held pending investigation into their immigration status or minor foreign citizens without a legal right to stay.
In the law a “JUVENILE” means a minor who is not old enough to be held responsible for criminal acts. “Juvenile” is a minor or person who is of certain minimum age but still under the age of legal competence. The minority is determined according to what each country’s legislation establishes; however, a majority of countries establish that a person is no longer a minor after reaching the age of 18. Therefore an individual charged with a crime who is between the minimum age established by the country’s legislation and (in most cases) 18, is considered a juvenile.
RATES are calculated per 100,000 children. Some countries with less than 100,000 children have their rates presented for comparison.
(Source for population data: United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. Web: http://www.un.org/en/development/desa/population/)


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Countries
 
    
Antigua and Barbuda200929.41 
Argentina201120.36 
Bahamas2011168.33 
Barbados2009210.00 
Belize200943.41 
Bolivia201043.98 
Brazil201158.67 
Canada201131.74 
Chile201157.35 
Colombia201121.18 
Costa Rica20118.16 
Dominica2009115.39 
Dominican Republic201028.13 
Ecuador200410.71 
El Salvador2011118.70 
Grenada201178.26 
Guatemala201120.35 
Guyana2011136.36 
Haiti201112.52 
Honduras201116.63 
Jamaica201188.57 
Mexico201126.73 
Nicaragua201112.25 
Panama2011161.46 
Paraguay201119.85 
Peru201049.92 
Saint Kitts and Nevis2009130.00 
Saint Lucia2009555.88 
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines2006314.29 
Suriname2005100.00 
Trinidad and Tobago201187.30 
United States201117.78 
Uruguay201062.02 
Venezuela200816.63 
Regions
 
    
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* Alertamerica adopts the use of commas to indicate figures un the thousands (1,000) while points signal decimals (10.5).