Recorded Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Do you know what it costs to arrest a youth in your community? Do policymakers?
As states and local jurisdictions continue to tighten their belts, additional downsizing is inevitable. So it’s critical for advocates to be able to calculate how much it costs to process youth in the justice system. Recently, DC Lawyers for Youth, an NJJN member, determined that it costs $1,000 just to arrest and detain a youth in the District of Columbia—although more than half were released after a night in jail.
What are the numbers in your community? Let NJJN’s Fiscal Policy Center staff help you answer this question, as they walk you through our step-by-step guide, "How to Calculate the Cost of a Youth Arrest."