Congress: Keep Our Kids Out of Jail!
Over the last decade, federal spending for proven intervention programs has dropped and the costs of incarceration have risen, with negative consequences for America’s children.
It costs $241 a day to incarcerate a young person, according to the Coalition for Juvenile Justice. On the other hand, evidence-based alternatives to incarceration can cost as little as $11 a day.
Compared to incarceration, the alternative programs are significantly more effective, reducing the number of repeat offenders by an average of 22 percent.
Congress keeps telling us that it's making cuts "for the sake of our children."
Tell Congress that we can save money and keep our children out of jail!