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Report Highlights Community-Based Alternatives to Youth Incarceration

July 7, 2014

Safely HomeThe Youth Advocate Programs Policy and Advocacy Center has released “Safely Home.” This report highlights cost-effective, community-based alternatives to incarceration for high-needs youth. Some key findings:

  • More than 8 of 10 youth remained arrest-free and 9 of 10 were at home after completing their community-based programs.
  • Intensive programs based in the community can serve 3 to 4 youth safely for the same cost as incarcerating one child.

The report details elements of effective community-based alternatives, including individualized services, cultural competence, positive youth development, safety and crisis planning, and no reject/no eject policies that promote unconditional caring.


View and download the full report.