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DC Youth: Invest or Incarcerate?

DC Youth: Invest or Incarcerate? OUT-OF-HOME PLACEMENTS WEAKEN FAMILIES DC Youth spent over 200,000 nights removed from their families in 2011 Pre-Sentencing Detention Post-Sentencing Out-of-Home Placement RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT CENTERS JUVENILE SHELTER HOUSES GROUPS HOMES FOSTER CARE, AND INDEPENDENT LIVING JAIL JUVENILE PRISON WE ARE STRIPPING RESOURCES FROM COMMUNITIES INSTEAD OF BUILDING THEM In 2011, District Taxpayers Spent Over $75 Million Over $19 Million on Pre-Sentencing Out-of-Home Placement on Out-Of-Home Placements Over $56 Million on Post-Sentencing Out-of-Home Placement DIVERSION TO PROVEN PROGRAMS IS LESS EXPENSIVE THAN DETENTION Pre-Sentencing Detention: Compare the Average Costs Per $22,900 24 YOUTH Pre-Sentencing Shelter House: $11,400 Multisystemic Therapy: $8,870 Aggression Replacement Training: Functional Family Therapy: $4,761 $3,010 EVIDENCE BASED PROGRAMS PROVIDE SUBSTANTIAL RETURN TO SOCIETY Multisystemic Therapy: $4.36 For Every $1.00 Functional Family Therapy: Invested $10.42 Aggression Replacement Training: $20.70 Youth Justice Awareness Month 2012 DCLY #youthjustice DC LAWYERS FOR YOUTH OTHER

DC Youth: Invest or Incarcerate?

shared by eferrer on Nov 02
Our practices are weakening youth, families, and communities. Why is it that we are willing to spend so much to take kids out of their homes, but are not willing to invest that same amount of money i...


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