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Redirection Saves $36.4 Million and Avoids $5.2 Million in Recommitment and Prison Costs, Report No. 09-27, May 2009
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Over the past four years, the Redirection Program has operated at a lower cost than residential juvenile delinquency programs and has achieved better outcomes. Youth who successfully completed the Redirection Program were significantly less likely to be subsequently arrested for a felony or violent felony, adjudicated or convicted of any offense, or committed to a residential program or sentenced to prison after treatment than similar youth who successfully completed residential commitment. The Redirection Program has achieved $36.4 million in cost savings for the state since it began four years ago due to its lower operating costs compared to residential delinquency programs; the program has also achieved a cost avoidance of $5.2 million in recommitment and prison costs due to reduced recidivism by its graduates. Given these outcomes, the Legislature may wish to consider expanding the program.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Residential Services
Probation and Community Intervention
Department of Juvenile Justice
Prevention and Victim Services

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 10-38 Redirection Saves $51.2 Million and Continues to Reduce Recidivism,published in April 2010.
  • Report No. 08-41 Redirection Program Achieves Lower Recidivism and a $14.4-Million Cost Savings Compared to DJJ Commitment,published in June 2008.
  • Report No. 07-10 Redirection Pilots Meet and Exceed Residential Commitment Outcomes; $5.8 Million Saved,published in February 2007.
  • Report No. 06-34 Redirection as Effective as Residential Delinquency Programs, Achieved Substantial Cost Avoidance,published in March 2006.
  • Report No. 03-76 More Youth Are Admitted for Less Serious Offenses, in Part to Meet Treatment Needs,published in December 2003.

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