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Group Advises No Jail for Youth Misdemeanors

Group Advises No Jail for Youth Misdemeanors

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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