EEUU: Sticker Shock, Calculating the Full Price Tag for Youth Incarceration

Thirty-three U.S. states and jurisdictions spend $100,000 or more annually to incarcerate a young person, and continue to generate outcomes that result in even greater costs. Our new report, Sticker Shock: Calculating the Full Price Tag for Youth Incarceration, provides estimates of the overall costs resulting from the negative outcomes associated with incarceration. The report finds that these long-term consequences of incarcerating young people could cost taxpayers $8 billion to $21 billion each year.


Sticker Shock: Calculating the Full Price Tag for Youth Incarceration

Executive Summary


Press Release

FACTSHEET: The tip of the iceberg: What taxpayers pay to incarcerate youth (Citations)

FACTSHEET: U.S. Youth Incarceration in an International Perspective

Media Coverage

OP-ED: Costs to Incarcerate Young People Tip of Iceberg (Juvenile Justice Information Exchange)

89.7 WKSU (Kent OH)

90.7 WMFE (Orlando) (Alabama)

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Capital Public Radio (Sacramento)

Dayton Daily News

Las Vegas Review-Journal

Montana Public Radio

New England Public Radio (Massachusetts)

Northern Public Radio (Illinois)

Omaha Public Radio

Pacific Standard

PBS Frontline

The Bergen Dispatch

The Columbus Dispatch

The Crime Report

The Sacramento Bee

The StarTribune (Minneapolis)

The Times-Picayune (New Orleans)

The Washington Post

U.S. News & World Report

Utah Public Radio

Winston-Salem Journal

Additional Resources

The information contained in Sticker Shock is based on emerging and new work that seeks to quantify what the long-term costs incarceration can have on young people, taxpayers and our communities, and what action policymakers can take to reduce these costs, and help young people.

Along with Sticker Shock, JPI recommends these other additional resources to help the field build its understanding of these issues:

Cost Benefit Analysis Unit of the Vera Institute of Justice

Washington State Institute for Public Policy

The Economic Value of Opportunity Youth  (2012)—Research for the Corporation for National and Community Service and the White House Council for Community Solutions

Standardized Program Evaluation Protocol

Journal of Quantitative Criminology

Positive Youth Justice

Costs and Benefits of Rehabilitation: How the Public Views Policy Alternatives (MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Adolescent Development and Juvenile Justice)

National Juvenile Justice Network Fiscal Policy Center

Tip Sheet on the Costs of Community-Based Supervision

No Place for Kids: The Case for Reducing Juvenile Incarceration


Sticker Shock: Calculating the Full Price Tag for Youth Incarceration — Justice Policy Institute.



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