A Cost-Saving Approach

Detention Reform Brief 1

Posted January 1, 2007
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation
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Many communities spend millions of dollars locking up kids who could be safely supervised elsewhere. The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) describes how communities in its program have reduced wasteful spending by providing alternatives to detaining nonviolent youth and freeing up money for more effective public safety solutions.

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Key Takeaway

Juvenile detention is the most expensive, but least effective, way to achieve public safety goals.

One single detention bed costs the public as much as $1.5 million over a 20-year period.