Less Jail, Smaller Taxes


San Francisco residents' alternative incarceration policies save state taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars in prison costs every year, found a recent policy brief by the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice. San Francisco's criminal justice agencies send offenders to state adult and juvenile prisons at well below the average for other counties, saving California taxpayers $147 million to $278 million in 2010, while still experiencing a large decline in violent crime. Mike Males, Senior Research Fellow at the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice explains why.

Read the brief here.

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