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The High Costs of Arresting DC Youth

8° The High Costs of Arresting DC Youth LESS THAN ONE IN TEN ARRESTS IN DC INVOLVE A YOUTH 3,464 Youth 4,086 3,813 2009 44,785 Adults 3,686 2008 3,464 2010 2011 Youth Arrests are at the owest Point in 5 years MOST YOUTH ARRESTS ARE FOR NONVIOLENT OFFENSES 82% 19% Release violations Robbery 13% 21% 18% Violent Aggravated Assault 4% Simple assault Rape .6% Other Misdemeanors & non-violent offenses Offenses of all youth arrests in 2011 were for: Murder .2% 42% FEWER THAN HALF OF YOUTH ARRESTED ARE ACTUALLY CHARGED WITH A CRIME 2011 3,464 Youth Arrests in DC: Fewer Than 7% of Arrests Resulted in Commitment to DYRS. 52% of More Than Half Released After One Night in Jail Commitments to DYRS Were for Misdemeanors. Fewer than Half Led to a Delinquency Charge YOUTH ARE BEING ARRESTED AT GREAT EXPENSE It Costs DC Taxpayers Approximately $1,000 to Arrest an Individual Youth. SAME AS: 1 Week Housing for a Homeless 1 Month of Public Education for a DC Youth 1 year of High Quality Mentoring for a DC youth 2 Months Income Benefits Family for a Family of 3 on TANF Youth Justice Awareness Month 2012 DCLY #youthjustice DC LAWYERS FOR YOUTH

The High Costs of Arresting DC Youth

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In DC, we arrest and detain young people far too often at staggering expense, not just in terms of cost but in terms of foregone investments in youth and families. We need to invest more in youth and...


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