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Panel to consider juvenile justice reforms

A working group will develop alternatives to incarceration for youth offenders

By Derrick DePledge

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Aug 15, 2013

~~<p>Housing a juvenile at the Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility costs the state $199,320 a year &mdash; more than four times as much as boarding and tuition at the elite Hawaii Preparatory Academy on the Big Island.</p>
<p>Juvenile incarceration declined 21 percent in Hawaii between 1997 and 2010, part of a national decrease in juvenile crime, but the state lacks sufficient alternatives to divert young offenders &mdash; particularly those with substance abuse problems &mdash; from costly detention.</p>
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Housing a juvenile at the Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility costs the state $199,320 a year — more than four times as much as boarding and tuition at the elite Hawaii Preparatory Academy on the Big Island.

Juvenile incarceration declined 21 percent in Hawaii between 1997 and 2010, part of a national decrease in juvenile crime, but the state lacks sufficient alternatives to divert young offenders — particularly those with substance abuse problems — from costly detention. Login for more...



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