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Toolkit: How to Calculate the Cost of a Youth Arrest

Published May 4, 2013, National Juvenile Justice Network (NJJN)

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Do you know what it costs to arrest a youth in your community? Do policymakers? This  step-by-step guide from the National Juvenile Justice's (NJJN) Fiscal Policy Center can help.

As states and local jurisdictions continue to tighten their belts, additional downsizing is inevitable. So it’s critical for advocates to be able to calculate how much it costs to process youth in the justice system. What are the numbers in your state?

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