Abstract

This research brief describes work documented in Diverting Children from a Life of Crime: Measuring Costs and Benefits (MR-699-UCB/RC/IF).

Excerpt: Headlines about falling crime rates notwithstanding, this year there will still be one violent crime committed for every 130 U.S. citizens — a rate several times that in other industrialized democracies. Yet despite the seriousness of America's crime problem, most of the money and effort devoted to solving it are restricted to one approach — incarcerating persons who have already committed crimes. Much less attention has been paid to diverting youths who have not yet committed crimes from doing so.

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