Cost Of Juvenile Delinquency Drops Over Last Decade

During an appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee officials highlighted some positive trends in the state's juvenile justice system. Allegheny County Juvenile Probation Administrator Russell Carlino says the positive outcome trends reflect the juvenile justice system's success in incorporating evidence-based practice. Among the trends Carlino cited drops from 2007 to 2017 in juvenile arrest rates for violent crimes, in juvenile delinquency placements in residential settings and a reduction in the number of days spent in those placements. Carlino says delinquency placement expenditures decreased by 39 percent, a savings of over $125 million, between the 2008-2009 fiscal year and the 2016-2017 fiscal year.