This report — the fourth installment in a series devoted to revolutionizing detention programs and practices in America — tells how sites have cut costs and eased overcrowding concerns by developing new alternatives to detention. Their success stories carve a clear path for jurisdictions interested in planning, implementing and monitoring similar reforms.

May 1, 1999

Pathways to Juvenile Detention Reform Series

In This Report, You’ll Learn

  1. 1

    Steps and tips for developing alternatives to detention.

  2. 2

    Three basic program models for detention center alternatives.

  3. 3

    Snapshots of detention alternatives in action.

  4. 4

    How to measure the success of detention alternatives.

Key Takeaway

Detention alternatives can cost lest than secure detention.

Secure detention is costly — with an average price tag topping $200 per bed per day. By comparison, some of the detention alternatives developed by JDAI sites cost as little as $6 per day. These figures alone should motivate officials (and taxpayers!) to favor securely detaining only the most serious offenders while investing in alternate options for the rest.  

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