NYT_Wasteful and Ineffective_juvenile detention

NYT_Wasteful and Ineffective_juvenile detention - EDITORIAL...

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EDITORIAL Two Words: Wasteful and Ineffective Published: October 10, 2010 New York State will spend an extraordinary $170 million this year on 21 juvenile facilities. The system has more than 2,000 employees to oversee fewer than 700 children. This would be monumentally wasteful under any condition. The fact is that these facilities are disastrously mismanaged, and as many as 80 percent of the young men who serve time end up committing more crimes within a few years of their release. New York should close down as many of these facilities as possible, preserving only the few it needs to hold genuinely dangerous young offenders. Low-risk youths — those found guilty of crimes like shoplifting, trespassing and petty theft — should be sent to community-based programs that do a much better job of rehabilitation and are far less expensive to manage. These treatment programs can cost as little as $15,000 a year, compared with the estimated $220,000 to house a child in a state facility. To make that rational choice, Gov. David Paterson and whoever succeeds him will have to
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