The cost of the consequences of youth incarceration could be between $8 billion and $21 billion a year, according to a Justice Policy Institute report.
The costs are analyzed in Sticker Shock: Calculating the Full Price Tag for Youth Incarceration. You can read the report and related material here.
The institute has produced a variety of reports on the juvenile justice system and helping vulnerable children succeed. They include:
Fostering Change: How Investing in D.C.’s Child Welfare System Can Keep Kids Out of the Prison Pipeline. The report describes how children in the child welfare system are of greater risk of involvement in the justice system. It cites the need for educational, mental health and employment programs to support vulnerable youth. You can find the report and related materials here.
Juvenile Justice Reform in Connecticut: How Collaboration and Commitment Have Improved Public Safety and Outcomes for Youth. The report highlights the state's success in improving outcomes for youth over the past 20 years. You can find the report and related material here.
Common Ground: Lessons Learned from Five States that Reduced Juvenile Confinement by More than Half. The report describes efforts in Connecticut, Arizona, Minnesota, Louisiana, and Tennessee. You can read the report here.