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Viewpoint: Jailing children in Florida is costly

If anyone needs more proof that Florida’s practice of incarcerating thousands of children is a truly bad idea, look no further than a new report that quantifies the real cost to taxpayers.

OP-ED: Young People’s Brain Development Gives Us Window for Change

On the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, JPI's Marc Schindler highlights how juvenile justice is in need of developmentally appropriate solutions for youth.

'Sticker Shock' Shows Why We Need Your Help

As we prepare for a new year, here at JPI we are taking a moment to not only recognize the progress that has been made to advance justice reform, but all the work that still needs to be done.

Black lives matter

The failure of police to be held accountable for the deaths of black men in recent months has brought national protests and calls for reform.

Why States Are Changing Course on Juvenile Crime

In the last six or seven years, states have begun to consider new approaches to juvenile offenders, backed by research showing that incarceration actually increases the chances a young person will commit another crime.

Alabama among nation's leaders in moving away from youth incarceration, study says

Alabama has one of the nation's cheapest juvenile confinement systems and has been at the forefront of a national trend toward shifting youth offenders to home- and community-based alternatives.

Juvenile justice can be less expensive and more effective

A new report gathers the full price tag of juvenile incarceration, including the long-term costs in future reoffending, to the economy and victimization of youths themselves.

The Cost of Juvenile Incarceration

States pay hundreds of thousands of dollars every year to keep each juvenile offender behind bars. A new report calculates that long-term costs of incarceration could add up to $21 billion annually.

It costs states anywhere from $128 to $966 a day to confine a juvenile

Confining a juvenile can cost a state anywhere from $128 a day in Louisiana to $966 a day in New York, according to a new 46-state survey.

Minnesota efforts against youth crime commended

Report shows Minnesota’s cost of locking up young offenders is relatively low. Some give credit to diversionary programs.

New Report: Costs of Youth Confinement Estimate to Run into the Billions of Dollars Each Year

New report provides estimates of long-term costs of confinement on taxpayers and youth

OP-ED: Costs to Incarcerate Young People Tip of Iceberg

In a new report from the Justice Policy Institute, “Sticker Shock: Calculating The Full Price Tag for Youth Incarceration,” we expand on our previous work on what it costs young people, their families and our communities when we overrely on incarceration.

Report: Cost of juvenile incarceration high in Nevada

The cost to incarcerate a juvenile in Nevada’s most expensive correctional facility for youth was about $195,406 in fiscal year 2014, according to a report released Tuesday.

Criminal Justice in the Commonwealth: Is It Time for a New Approach to Sentencing?

JPI has been invited to join this important discussion on sentencing in Virginia, and we're inviting you to participate as well.

Rethink shackling of youth in D.C. courts

JPI's Executive Director Marc Schindler responds to a recent piece in the Washington Post, urging the District of Columbia to stop shackling youth in juvenile courts.

Please Help Us Continue Our Work

With your help, we can ensure that the crucial work of justice reform continues with the energy and resources it needs to succeed.

Mental Health: A tragic reminder of Virginia’s need for better services

JPI's Executive Director Marc Schindler writes about the need for better mental health services in Virginia and how the people who need this help the most are often sent to jail instead.

Developmental Competency: Putting a Developmental Approach into Practice

JPI's Senior Research Associate Amanda Petteruti & Strategies for Youth Executive Director Lisa Thurau write about the need for officials in the justice system to develop practices that accommodate (rather than ignore) the differences between young & adult brains.

DC's Youth Offender Accountability & Rehabilitation Act (YOARA) Open for Public Comment

The Youth Offender Accountability & Rehabilitation Act (YOARA) -- currently pending before the DC Council -- is available for public comment online.  This piece of legislation addresses how youth in the district are prosecuted in the adult criminal justice system.

Evidence-based Practices Aren’t the Only Tool in the Shed

Over the last 15 years, juvenile justice advocates fought hard to convince policymakers and government officials that the best way to help youth succeed and improve public safety is to keep them out of secure confinement.

Happy Election Day! Get out & vote!

With so many significant issues on the ballot, we encourage everyone to vote in this crucial election. Check out several helpful resources here...

Experts Blast Federal Approach To Juvenile Crime

JPI's Executive Director Marc Schindler was quoted in The Crime Report, responding to a report from the National Research Council that the Justice Department's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention needs greater funding and improved leadership.

“It’s About Scarcity, Stupid”: Youth Development Needs Bigger Public Investment

We all bring our own unique perspectives to the work we do. I grew up in a community where we took for granted that there was a role for a public sector in universal health care, quality education, public transit, social planning.

Fraternal Order of Police Advertisements on the D.C. Mayoral Election in Context

In advance of DC's upcoming mayoral election, JPI puts into context some of the claims asserted in a recent advertisement issued by the Fraternal Order of Police.

Jason Ziedenberg Testifies in Support of DC's Youth Offender Accountability & Rehabilitation Act

Earlier today, JPI's Director of Research & Policy, Jason Ziedenberg, testified before the DC Council in support of the Youth Offender Accountability & Rehabilitation Act, which strives to reduce the number of youth held in adult correctional facilities pretrial.

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