Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Shocking Discovery: Locking Up Kids Does Not Turn Them Into Well-Adjusted Adults

CNN has a story about how cash-strapped state governments can reduce the number of youths being incarcerated without raising the crime rate, as long as they place them in appropriate rehabilitation programs. The Annie E. Casey Foundation issued a report with the message, "Numerous states have closed facilities or lowered correctional populations, reaping significant savings for taxpayers without any measurable increase in youth crime."

"Locking up juvenile offenders in correctional facilities, which costs states a yearly average of $88,000 per youth, is not paying off from a public safety, rehabilitation or cost perspective," according to the report.

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