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Group Advises No Jail for Youth Misdemeanors

Group Advises No Jail for Youth Misdemeanors
Posted December 14th, 2013 @ 10:20am

Juveniles who commit misdemeanors should not be sent the the Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility.  That's one of the recommendations from a working group, which presented a report to Governor Neil Abercrombie yesterday.  The change in policy could reduce the facility's average daily population by 60 percent and save the state $11 million over the next five years. The working group -- guided by Hawaii Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald, state House and Senate leaders and Abercrombie - urged the state to use the savings to invest $2 million a year to strengthen juvenile probation and reduce recidivism. It costs the state $199,320 a year to house a juvenile at the 56-bed Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility. Abercrombie noted the state doesn't even spend $19,000 a year on students in the education system.

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