Cost-Effective Approaches in Juvenile and Adult Corrections: What Works? What Doesn’t?

fis25_240x240In the last decade, the cost of corrections in Wisconsin increased from $368 million in 1996 to $956 million in 2006. Are there evidence-based approaches that could save tax dollars and still curb crime? Recent polls show the public favors rehabilitation and prevention programs for reducing juvenile crime over incarceration. Are there effective programs that deter juveniles and adults who commit crimes from doing so again? In what ways do adolescents differ from adults and does this affect how they should be tried and treated in the justice system?

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Juveniles in the Justice System: New Evidence from Research on Adolescent Development

by Laurence Steinberg
Director, MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Adolescent Development & Juvenile Justice, Distinguished University Professor of Psychology, Temple University

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Evidence-Based Public Policy Options to Reduce Criminal Justice Costs and Crime Rates

by Steve Aos
Assistant Director, Washington State Institute for Public Policy

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