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The Costs of Confinement: Why Good Juvenile Justice Policies Make Good Fiscal Sense

  • Organization: Justice Policy Institute
  • Document Type: Brief/Motion Papers
  • Date Created: Friday, May 01, 2009
  • Submitted: Friday, June 05, 2009
  • Attachment(s): PDF

This policy brief details how states can see a net reduction in costs by moving expenditures away from large, congruent care facilities (often called "training schools") for youth and investing in community-based alternatives. Such a resource realignment can reap better results for communities, taxpayers and children. Evidence is growing that there are cost-effective policies and programs for intervening in the lives of delinquent youth which actually improve community safety and outcomes for children.


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