Redeploy Illinois Program Gaining Ground by Stephanie Tyrpak and Randy Livingston
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An experimental program that keeps young offenders out of prison is being called a success. Redeploy Illinois has helped more than a thousand young offenders in the past decade. It’s changing behavior for those teens and saving millions in taxpayer dollars.
Those that have been with the program since the launch believe it’s a big reinvestment. Instead of spending more than $100,000 per juvenile for a year in prison, funding goes to intensive counseling that costs about $7,000.
Young offenders in Jefferson County often wound up behind bars in the juvenile justice system. That is an expensive venture that doesn’t always have great results.