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May 2, 2015

"Re-Examining Juvenile Incarceration: High cost, poor outcomes spark shift to alternatives"

The title of this post is the title of this notable issue brief released this past week by Pew's Public Safety Performance Project. Here is how the document starts and concludes:

A growing body of research demonstrates that for many juvenile offenders, lengthy out-of-home placements in secure corrections or other residential facilities fail to produce better outcomes than alternative sanctions.  In certain instances, they can be counterproductive. Seeking to reduce recidivism and achieve better returns on their juvenile justice spending, several states have recently enacted laws that limit which youth can be committed to these facilities and moderates the length of time they can spend there.  These changes prioritize the use of costly facilities and intensive programming for serious offenders who present a higher risk of reoffending, while supporting effective community-based programs for others....

In recent years, a number of states have passed laws excluding certain juveniles from being placed in state custody, reflecting a growing recognition of the steep cost and low public safety return of confining juveniles who commit lower-level offenses in residential facilities.  Some states also have modified the length of time juveniles spend in custody. Because research shows little to no recidivism reduction from extended stays for many offenders, a handful of states have adopted mechanisms to evaluate youth placements and shorten them when appropriate.

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Funny and sad. The entire report is about the fate of the vicious predators. Not a word about the tremendous benefit to their families, their block, and to their fellow young people to have vicious bullies, thugs and predators away from them. To spend a little time without living in perpetual fear. Not a word about the $millions in damages prevented during their incarcerations.

This cannot be mere lawyer idiocy. Such extreme stupidity is impossible. It is bad faith. It is intentional lying and pro-criminal propaganda.

Here is an alternative with a very low recidivism rate. Never mentioned. 123D.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | May 2, 2015 8:20:01 PM

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