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Accurate international data on children in contact with the law are scarce, dispersed and difficult to access.


The goal of this project is to collect, centralise and publish, in a user-friendly way, existing data on children in contact with the law around the world in order to share a more complete overview of statistics on global juvenile justice. This not only contribute to the development of criminal policies but is also of considerable value for academics, researchers, and practitioners. Furthermore, these kind of data can be used for the evaluation of programs, policies and interventions as well as for the monitoring of compliance with international standards, the promotion of knowledge and exchange of good practices between countries and for purposes of international comparisons. Finally, it can also contribute to the development of a more rigorous view of the juvenile justice and delinquency among mass media and the general population.





Statistical information has been collected from the existing official data sources or published researches. Sources of the origin of the data are always specified. The following variables are presented in the interactive dashboard: Percentage of children in the country’s population; Age of criminal responsibility; Number of children in detention; Percentage of boys and girls in detention; Rate of children in detention ( per 100’000 children population); Children leaving in detention with their mother Data can be downloaded. UN country list are all included, plus some territories (Palestine, Macau, Hong Kong).

Metadata is essential for purposes of interpretation, comparability and reliability of the data. Therefore we invite data users to avoid using data included in the present project without considering notes and comments related to each variable. Due to methodological reasons, some indicators do not allow direct cross-national comparisons. Data users are responsible of the use and interpretation of the data.

The database was also thought to be completed by a participatory system through which experts can provide missing information, that will be double-checked by the project researchers before publication. In this perspective, the long-term goal of this project is to encourage contacts and exchanges with the international network in order to co-construct this database with a network of experts in juvenile justice statistics across countries. If you hava data to share, or comments and suggestions on the data presented do not hesitate to contact us.