Serving Non-Violent Youthful Offenders in Their Communities: The Costs and Benefits of a More Effective Juvenile Justice System for Arkansas

This publication talks about how locking up non-violent youthful offenders is costly and ineffective. Using community-based alternatives to incarceration – like education, job training, drug treatment, and rehabilitation programs – saves the state $41,786 per youth and reduces their chances of ending up back in the juvenile justice system.