Alternatives to Incarceration Could Help States Save Money
June 12, 2009 | From the field | Juvenile Justice

The Justice Policy Institute, a participant in the Foundation's Models for Change juvenile justice initiative, recently released two reports highlighting the economic benefits of alternatives to incarceration. In The Cost of Confinement, JPI found that states could save money and reduce recidivism by as much as 22 percent by placing youth in community alternatives to prison. Pruning Prisons, the second report, concludes that adult systems could experience similar benefits if states shift 10 percent of their prison population to parole. States spend approximately $5.7 billion each year to incarcerate youth, according to the Institute.

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