Saturday, February 23, 2008

Lack of Services Causes Juvenile Detention, Court Review Shows

According to Advocates for Children and Youth...

Youth end up in a cycle of delinquency in Maryland because of a failure to link them to existing, effective community supports and interventions, according to a review of court records by Advocates for Children and Youth, a Maryland-based nonprofit organization. In a quarter page ad in The Washington Post, Advocates for Children and Youth said that full use of evidence-based community services like Multi-Systemic Therapy could allow the State to reduce significantly new spending on juvenile facilities that offer “degrees in delinquency.”

Evidence-based community programs can save $20 million in the first year alone, based on a new budget analysis Advocates for Children and Youth completed with the Maryland Budget and Tax Policy Institute.

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