Tuesday, February 10, 2015

U.S. Leads World in Juvenile Incarceration Rate

Source:  Vox

What is the long-term impact of incarcerating juveniles? (Vox, 7/16/2013)
The evidence presented here suggests that shifting to such alternatives will likely not only save the states money in the short run, but also reduce future crime and thus expenditures on corrections in the long run.

The numbers
  • Cost per year:  $6,000,000,000.
  • Number of juveniles in custody on any given day:  70,000
  • Cost per year per juvenile:  $88,000

With juveniles, the world should not follow our lead.  (The Chronicle of Social Change, 12/11/2014)
The United States has the obscene distinction of being number one in the world for the worst policies on the treatment of youth in the justice system, and youth of color bear the brunt of our harsh and regressive policies.

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