A growing body of evidence proves that what’s best for kids is also cost effective. Incarceration is expensive and yields poor results. That’s why the Alliance supports prevention and early intervention community-based programs.
The National Juvenile Justice Network project that is quantifying the savings reaped from juvenile justice reform.
This Reclaiming Futures blog entry describes how using evidence-based practices in the juvenile justice system reduces delinquency and avoids costs.
This Justice Policy Institute brief details how states can see a net reduction in costs by moving expenditures away from large, congruent care facilities for youth and investing in community-based alternatives. 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.
Read Dr. Peter Greenwood’s Powerpoint presentation that he gave in front of Judiciary, Childrens, and Appropriations committees on March 9, 2007 for Educate the Legislature Day.
In the Milken Institute Review (1Q 2005), Yale economist John Donohue offers his opinions on policy changes that he believes could reduce crime and dramatically reduce the amount of money spent or lost as a result of crime every year.
What Works, Wisconsin: What Science Tells Us about Cost-Effective Programs for Juvenile Delinquency Prevention
A Report to the Wisconsin Governor’s Juvenile Justice Commission
and the Wisconsin Office of Justice Assistance