If the medical community, Marion Wright Edelman (Children’s Defense Fund) and former MN Supreme Court Chief Justice Kathleen Blatz are right, the vast majority of crime in America is the result of what happened to that criminal as a child.
Several states including California and Arizona have used early grade test scores to assist in forecasting required prison capacity growth. (Corrections Digest, April 12, 2002)
Louisiana (the World’s Prison Capitol), Georgia, Mississippi, Oklahoma & several other states have incarceration rates 20 times that of incarceration rates in most other industrialized nations. The best prisons in the world release good neighbors back into the community American prisons release hardened criminals with mental health problems and an 80% change of recidivism within five years.
It would be a smart to know the cost of crime and compute how much would be saved by fixing it.
Below are the statistics and research used to calculate the cost of crime in America today
30.2% of Americans are arrested by their 23rd birthday, African Americans are incarcerated at 5 times the rate of whites & Black children 42% of children who are detained & 52% of children whose cases go to criminal court.
Annually, 200,000 juveniles charged as adults.
- A criminal record can reduce the likelihood of a callback or job offer by nearly 50 percent. The negative impact of a criminal record is twice as large for African American applicants.
- Infectious diseases are highly concentrated in corrections facilities: 15% of jail inmates and 22% of prisoners – compared to 5% of the general population – reported ever having tuberculosis, Hepatitis B and C, HIV/AIDS, or other STDs.
- Spending on prisons and jails has increased at triple the rate of spending on Pre‐K‐12 public education in the last thirty years.
Each armed robbery costs $335,733.00, 41% of 332,198 robberies were committed with a gun * 136,201.00 = $45,727,170,333.00
Each aggravated assault costs $145,379.00 (744,000 crimes * $145,379.00 = $108,161,976,000.00
Each rape costs $448,000.00 (99,856 crimes * $448.000.00 = $44,735,488,000.00)
Cases without the death penalty cost $740,000, where the death penalty is sought cost $1.26 million. Maintaining each death row prisoner costs taxpayers $90,000 more per year than a prisoner in general population.
There are 2708 Americans on death row;
2708 at $131,000,000 yr avg cost to maintain * 15 yr avg on Death Row =1,965,000,000.00 (2708 prisoners cost 2 Billion dollars)
America has 5% of the world’s population and 25% its prison population. 2,220,300 Americans in jails and prisons & 4,751,400 on parole.
Recidivism is near 80%
66% of incarcerated juveniles have mental health problems & half that number have multiple, serious and chronic mental illness.
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*Several states including California and Arizona have used early grade test scores to assist in forecasting required prison capacity growth. Corrections Digest, April 12, 2002
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This article submitted by long time CASA guardian ad Litem Mike Tikkanen
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