Friday, March 19, 2010
'Getting More for Less in Juvenile Justice'
Marc Levin of the Texas Public Policy Foundation just published a new 44-page public policy report (complete with 232 footnotes) with the pithy title "Getting More for Less in Juvenile Justice: Innovative and Cost-Effective Approaches to Reduce Crime, Restore Victims and Preserve Families" (pdf). I've not read it yet, but here's a taste from the Introduction: "Saving a youth from becoming a chronic offender results in $1.7 million to $2.3 million in avoided lifetime costs to taxpayers and victims. Consequently, all Texans have a large stake in cost-effective approaches to juvenile justice that result in more youths turning away from crime and towards a future as a productive citizen in which they are an asset, rather than a liability, to their fellow citizens."